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.
This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.25 STC credit hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
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
Know Your Rights
Communicate with Your Attorney
Review Pertinent Information
Section 3: Courtroom Etiquette
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
Section 4: Conclusion
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, MS
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. 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. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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