COURSE DESCRIPTION

This two-day online training is specifically designed to aid the student in understanding and accepting the anxiety of testifying, then taking that concern and channeling it in a positive direction to make them a better witness. Most law enforcement officers, investigators, and forensic specialists receive little formal training on proper methods of providing testimony. That presents a significant problem because jury members may assume you are properly trained and that you testify on a regular basis. For most criminal justice witnesses, testifying in court is not a regular part of their schedule and this lack of experience leads to a natural feeling of anxiety when called upon to testify. You will learn that "Fear is Good" because when you are afraid you are also very alert to what is happening around you. Once you learn to utilize and channel this feeling you can make great strides in becoming the witness you want to be and the kind of witness that the jury expects. This seminar is designed to help you accomplish this goal.

TARGET AUDIENCE

Individuals that have a fear of public speaking (that's just about everyone); Individuals who have not had the opportunity to receive much formal courtroom testimony training; Individuals who are willing to work at identifying their strong points and best talents and build their testimony skills upon those abilities; and Individuals who believe that they can succeed on the witness stand with the help from some training.

Who will be attending this seminar with you?

- Criminal Investigators
- DUI Enforcement Officers
- Narcotics Investigators
- Uniformed Street Officers
- Forensic Specialists
- Crime Scene Investigators
- Laboratory Experts
- Criminal Justice Trainers


TRAINING OUTLINE

**Subject to change.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Before You Begin

    • Your Instrcutor - John Black

    • Need Help? Got Questions? Contact Us

  • 2

    RS&A Courtroom Testimony Techniques Book (pdf)

    • RS&A Courtroom Testimony Techniques Book (pdf)

  • 3

    DAY 1 - 05/24/2022

    • Courtroom Testimony - DAY 1

  • 4

    DAY 2 - 05/25/2022

    • Courtroom Testimony - DAY 1

  • 5

    COURSE SURVEY

    • Courtroom Testimony Course Survey

  • 6

    Courtroom Testimony - Written Exam

    • Final Exam

  • 7

    NEXT STEP IN YOUR TESTIMONY TRAINING

    • 2-Day LIVE Training - Expert Witness Testimony - Ron Smith

COURSE SCHEDULE & TIMES

2-DAY LIVE ONLINE TRAINING

May 24, 2022 - Morning Session 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM CST

May 24, 2022 - Afternoon Session 02:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST

May 25, 2022 - Morning Session 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM CST

May 24, 2022 - Afternoon Session 02:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

RS&A President

Ron Smith, CLPE

Ron Smith has been employed in the forensic identification field since 1972, first with the FBI, then with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and from 1978 until his retirement in July 2002 with the Mississippi Crime Laboratory. As Associate Director, he served as supervisor of the Meridian Branch of the Mississippi Crime Lab System. He is a specialist in courtroom testimony instruction, latent fingerprint examinations and crime scene examinations and has provided expert witness testimony in over five hundred cases in numerous states.

I.A.I. Approved

16 Hours

This RS&A LIVE online training has been approved by the I.A.I. for 16 Hours of continuing education credits for Certification and Re-Certification by the Latent Print Certification Board, Footwear Certification Board, and Forensic Video Certification Board. The Crime Scene Certification Board approves this training for 16 Hours training credit towards CS Re-Certification.