Testifying in Court: What You Need to Know for Supervisors

Testifying in Court: What You Need to Know for Supervisors 

Lawsuits against individuals and organizations working in public safety are becoming increasingly common. If one of your employees was required to testify in court, would you know what to do to help them prepare themselves to be an effective witness? This course is a supplement to “Testifying in Court: What You Need to Know,” with information specifically focused on the needs of supervisors whose employees may be called up to testify in a court of law. It covers basic information about pre-trial preparation, effective testimony, and policies that encourage employees to act with integrity and credibility when they are in court. NOTICE: This course is not intended to give you legal advice or to take the place of legal advice from an attorney at law. It will not equip you to represent yourself in court. Always seek competent legal advice when faced with court action.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training

1.25 HOURS

This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 1.25 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-CLE-0-TCWYNKS
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Explain why a well-trained employee delivers more effective testimony.
List steps you should take when an employee is subpoenaed.
Provide a list of topics that would be useful in an employee training course on testifying in court.
Identify policies your agency should have in place to promote employee integrity in court.

Section 1: Introduction A. Course Overview B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Employee Training A. The Star Employee B. The Testimony C. What Went Wrong? D. Step One E. Policy and Procedure F. Tracking G. Good Reporting H. Your Role I. Professionalism J. Professional Conduct K. Professional Appearance L. Review M. Summary Section 3: After the Subpoena A. Subpoena B. Good Faith Defense C. Evidentiary Concerns D. Character Evidence E. Prior Acts Evidence F. Relationship with Attorneys G. Documentation H. A Few Things to Keep in Mind I. Review J. Summary Section 4: General Policy A. Pretest B. Be Honest C. Courtroom Testimony Training D. Personnel Issues in Social Media E. Review F. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. References D. Congratulations!

Expert Reviewer: Tracey Dollison Decker, JD
Since receiving her Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota, School of Law, Tracey Dollison Decker has worked as a violent crimes prosecutor for the state of South Dakota. She has tried nearly 100 jury trials ranging from misdemeanor assaults to sexual assaults and homicides. Tracey also works with law enforcement across the state, to help train in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault and family violence. This training includes report writing and preparing for courtroom testimony. Tracey is also the chair of the training committee for the State’s Attorney’s Association of South Dakota, where she serves as a board member. Tracey also serves as vice-chair of the West River Human Trafficking Task Force for the state of South Dakota. Tracey has been active in efforts led by the State’s Attorney’s Association to strengthen South Dakota’s laws in the areas of sexual assault and family violence. Disclosure: Tracey Dollison Decker, JD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Corrections.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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