Lineups and Eyewitness Identification 1.0

Lineups and Eyewitness Identification 1.0 

Eyewitnesses frequently play a vital role in uncovering the truth about a crime, and leading investigators to suspects. The evidence they provide can be critical in identifying, charging, and ultimately convicting suspected criminals. While all this is true, witnesses make mistakes. This course addresses why it is absolutely essential that eyewitness evidence be accurate and reliable. It provides the student with detailed steps for using proven identification procedures to gain evidence from eyewitnesses. This means following sound protocols related to activities such as Showups, Mug Books and Composites, instructions to witnesses, composing and conducting Photo and Live Lineups, and documenting their results for later use.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Indiana Law Enforcement Academy


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training


This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 2.00 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.

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training


Relias Learning is a continuing education sponsor as approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. This course Lineups and Eyewitness Identification 1.0, 10397-0221 has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 2.00 hours of continuing education.

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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-LEI
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Summarize the vital role eyewitnesses play in convicting suspected criminals.
Define relative judgment.
Identify proper Field Identification Procedures (Showups).
Describe the process to properly assemble Mug Books and Composites, and explain the instructions to give witnesses prior to viewing them.
Recall the recommended procedures for conducting eyewitness identification of suspects in Photo Lineups and Live Lineups.
Choose the recommended procedure for composing and conducting the identification procedure for Simultaneous Photo Lineup.
Designate the recommended procedure for composing and conducting the identification procedure for Sequential Live Lineup.
Identify the elements required to properly document the identification results for Photo Lineups and Live Lineups.

I. Lineups and Eyewitness Identification A. Fraud Warning II. Introduction A. OSS – Academy® B. Navigating this Course C. About This Course D. Learning Objectives III. Importance of Accuracy A. Eyewitness Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement B. An Interesting Fact IV. Procedures for Eyewitness Suspect Identification A. Video Example V. Field Identification Procedure - Showups A. Showups - Procedures B. Showups – Caution the Witness C. Showups – Witness Certainty D. Recording Results E. An Interesting Fact VI. Mug Books and Composites A. Preparing Mug Books B. Composite Images C. An Interesting Fact VII. Mug Books - Instructing the Witness A. Documentation – Mug Books and Composites VIII.Composing Lineups - Photo and Live A. Composing Lineups B. Selecting Fillers – Practical Exercise C. Selecting Fillers D.An Interesting Fact IX. Composing Live Lineups A. Live Lineups B. Guidelines C. An Interesting Fact X. Instructing Witnesses Prior to Viewing a Lineup A. An Interesting Fact XI. Conducting Identification Procedures - Simultaneous Vs. Sequential A. Simultaneous vs. Sequential B. Double Blind C. Double Blind XII. Conducting Simultaneous Photo Lineups A. Simultaneous Photo Lineups XIII. Conducting Sequential Photo Lineups A. Conducting Sequential Photo Lineups XIV. Conducting Simultaneous Live Lineups XV. Conducting Seqential Live Lineups A. Sequential Live Lineups XVI. Recording Indentification Results A. An Interesting Fact XVII. Conclusion A. From the Academy Staff B. References C. Congratulations

Instructor: David Lee Salmon II, BS
David Lee Salmon has a BS in Criminal Justice from San Houston State University, Texas. David's background includes being a Law Enforcement and Jail Risk Manager, as well as having served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. He currently is the OSS Academy Training Coordinator, based in Texas, providing Law Enforcement and Corrections staff with online training. David also serves as the Vice-President of the OSS Law Enforcement Advisors, which provides risk management services, expert witness services, training programs, and law enforcement management tools. Disclosure: David Lee Salmon II, BS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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