Testifying in Court: What Law Enforcement Officers Need to Know

Testifying in Court: What Law Enforcement Officers Need to Know 

While it is unlikely that a lawsuit will be filed against you or the organization or agency you work for, it is becoming more commonplace with each passing year. You need to be aware of this possibility and be prepared to testify in court. This course provides information about preparing for trial, courtroom etiquette, the rules of evidence, and the importance of following policy. It presents strategies and tactics that will help you in the court setting. NOTICE: This course is not intended to give you legal advice or to take the place of legal counsel 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: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission


This activity is approved for 1.50 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 1.50 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 Testifying in Court: What Law Enforcement Officers Need to Know, 10397-0164 has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 1.50 hours of continuing education.

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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-LETCWYNK
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2024
Learning Objectives:
List 3 types of situations in which law enforcement 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.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Preparing for Court

Situations When Law Enforcement Officers May Have to Testify

Testimony in Your Official Capacity

Knowledge Check

Strategies for Preparing for Court

Know Your Rights

Communicate with Your Attorney

Review Pertinent Information



Section 3: Courtroom Etiquette

First Impressions

Recommendations for Displaying Appropriate Courtroom Etiquette

Strategies for Providing Effective Testimony

Stages of the Questioning Process in Criminal or Civil Matters

Actively Listen to What is Being Asked

Practice Effective Verbal Communication

Be Cognizant of Non-Verbal Communication Cues



Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributors




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.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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