Testifying in Court: What Corrections Officers Need to Know

Testifying in Court: What Corrections Officers Need to Know 

There are a variety of reasons why correctional officers may be called to testify in a legal action. Testifying in court as a plaintiff, defendant, or witness can be a stressful situation. This course will provide correctional officers with information on strategies for preparing for court appearances, recommendations for displaying appropriate courtroom etiquette, and strategies for providing effective testimony.

$12.50

Hours: 1.25
REL-PS-0-CORTCWYNK

Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Jail Association Certification

1.25 HOURS


This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections

1.25 HOURS


This activity is approved for 1.25 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-CORTCWYNK
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/1/2024
Learning Objectives:
List 3 types of situations in which correctional officers may be asked to testify in court.
Discuss 4 strategies for preparing for court.
Recognize at least 10 recommendations for displaying appropriate courtroom etiquette.
Identify 4 strategies for providing effective testimony and tips for each strategy.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Preparing for Court

Situations When Correctional Officers May Have to Testify

Strategies for Preparing for Court

Understand Your Role in the Legal Process

Knowledge Check

Know Your Rights

Communicate with Your Attorney

Review Pertinent Information

Review

Summary

Section 3: Courtroom Etiquette

First Impressions

Recommendations for Displaying Appropriate Courtroom Etiquette

Strategies for Providing Effective Testimony

Stages of the Questioning Process

Actively Listen to What is Being Asked

Practice Effective Verbal Communication

Be Cognizant of Non-Verbal Communication Cues

Review

Summary

Section 4: Conclusion

Summary

Course Contributors

Resources

References

Congratulations!

Expert Reviewer: Joe Martin
Joe Martin is a career employee for the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Joe started his career as an officer in 1998. Joe was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and to Lieutenant in 2005. Joe worked and supervised most security positions within a male and female facility while in security that include: Internal Affairs supervisor, Special Management Unit Supervisor, Shift Supervisor, Visitation Supervisor, Adjustment Committee, and Grievance Chairman. In 2012 Joe was again promoted to the Accreditation Manager. In 2013 Joe was promoted to Central Office and started in the PREA Executive department. In 2014 Joe gained his DOJ PREA auditor certification where he served as chair for many PREA Audits in Missouri and Kansas while the KY DOC was part of a consortium with several other states. During his career, he has also served as the Hostage Negotiation Team Leader and active member of the team. Joe’s accomplishments include Commissioner’s and Achievement awards for the department. Disclosure: Joe Martin has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, M.S.
Mrs. Cobb is a Content Writer for Public Safety and Health and Human Services at Relias. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Mrs. Cobb has 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. She has worked in direct service positions as well as in research, training, and technical assistance capacities. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky managing federal, state, and foundation grants awarded to the College of Medicine, Behavioral Science department, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, and Kentucky Rural Medical Centers.

 

Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, M.S. 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.
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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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