In the courtroom, an officer and his/her department are subjected to intense scrutiny. The officer’s credibility, competency and conduct in the courtroom will have a large impact on the outcome of the trial. As an effective witness, officers will ensure that the work that they and his/her fellow officers did on the case, all that the victims and their families endured, and all the work by prosecutors will not be in vain. A single police officer's ineffective presentation in the courtroom can result in the acquittal of a defendant, no matter the amount of solid evidence you may have collected.
In this course, instructors will thoroughly train police officers and detectives to be well prepared for trial, excellent witnesses in court and to be familiar with legal terminology and procedures.
1. The lecture component of this course will include:
2. Actual trial exercises which include direct and cross-examination of attendees on hypothetical case scenarios.
3. Video tapes of actual police officer testimony demonstrating particularly effective and ineffective examples with classroom review and discussion.
This one day course examines the most frequently encountered informant-related issues and situations faced by law enforcement investigators. A comprehensive and systematic review of policies, procedures, and best practices governing the utilization of informants will be covered.
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Students will participate in exercises with professional role players to practice skills taught.
The course instructor is Detective Sergeant Jim Varick with the New Jersey State Police Arson/Bomb Unit.
The program would be of benefit to all personnel from the boots on the ground to executive staff. This course is open to all First Responders, police, fire, and EMS personnel. Through this awareness level training, First Responders will have the ability to safely respond to incidents involving improvised explosive devices and explosions. Personnel responsible for policy planning and implementation would benefit from this training by gaining knowledge that can be applied in both the planning and response phase in their respective communities.
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This Course will teach law enforcement officers appropriate methods and procedures to implement with juveniles as suspects, victims or witnesses. Topics covered: the intricacies of interviewing juveniles, investigating cases of Child Abuse as well as missing and runaway juveniles, The Uniform State Memorandum of Agreement Between Education and Law Enforcement Officials, an overview of Title 2A and 2C Statutes specific to juveniles, the Family Court, sex crimes, child victims of pornography and sexting, investigating bullying charges, underage drinking and various case studies including investigations of juveniles involved in robberies, sexual assault and homicide. Segments on objectives of a successful investigation, crime scene management strategies, and interview and interrogation techniques will also be reviewed in the course.
Students will write a mock warrant which will be reviewed during class.
Many agencies rely on pre-911 pre-employment practices such as blindly accepting candidates with the highest physical and/or academic test results. State law requires us to take those qualifications into account; but the law does not require agencies to ignore the more important qualifiers such as the candidate's character and ethical history, financial responsibility, temperament, or their record of interpersonal relationships. Since 911, department's background investigations ae also about ensuring national security.
Conducting an in-depth, thorough and complete investigation on each and every candidate is the only way to protect your agency. With this valuable information, hiring committees can make informed decisions. This course covers scope, tactics and techniques necessary to reveal all negative traits as well as past criminal or inappropriate behaviors and actions on the part of applicants.
Instructors will cover:
Getting beyond candidates best friends and pre-set practiced answers
Identifying areas of concern and recognizing potential red flags.
Interview techniques and tactics that can reveal a candidate's beliefs and feelings on a variety of job related topics
Gauging a candidate's temperament beyond their answers
Preparing and documenting a proper investigative report including collecting and recording data and witness interviews
This course will also cover the legal requirements pertaining to when certain questions can be asked and how much information the applicant is obliged to provide. What to do if you learn the employee has lied during any part of the process and when it is legally permissible to terminate the process.
This program is designed so your agency can prevent the need for expensive law suits and worse, the disruption of your agency or company as you fight to correct the problem.
The Transfer of a Liquor License is a vital process for any municipality. In many towns and cities the investigation associated with this process is given little or no attention, which allows for corruption in the transfer.
This program will provide the investigator responsible for this type of investigation the tools and tactics needed to uncover impropriety including: tracking the source of cash, discovering the true hidden partners, and ensuring that all of the pertinent laws are followed. A solid transfer investigation requires that an officer explore areas that are different that a normal criminal investigation.
A police officer taking on the role of an undercover operative is an extremely important aspect of police work. Vice, gang, narcotics and fraud investigations often need officers to work undercover; prior training is imperative for safety of officer and for the success of the operation.
Students will participate in exercises with professional role players to practice skills taught.
Sexual assault is one of the most complicated crimes to investigate.
In the investigation and prosecution of most sexual assault cases, the role of the victim is much more important than in other crimes since the victim is usually the sole witness to the crime. Unfortunately, sexual assault victims are sometimes reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement because they fear the perpetrator will return to retaliate. It is therefore imperative the sexual assault investigators understand victim responses and utilize the appropriate interview skills necessary in these cases. Not all victims of sexual assault behave in the same manner, so it is essential the investigator be informed, of mental and physical reaction to sexual assault. Understanding and working with your victim is crucial to successfully prosecuting these cases.
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Notes and sketches document only items of evidence and interest that the investigator recognizes and records. However, proper use of a camera can capture everything of significance at a crime scene or accident scene that is contained in the viewfinder. This permanent recording can prove invaluable days, months, and even years after the crime or accident scene has been completed by law enforcement. Surveys of those charged with documenting crime scenes continually reveal the lack of basic skills in operating a digital camera and thus obtaining relevant photographs suitable for presentation in courtroom proceedings.
This is a two-day classroom presentation and hands-on seminar for law enforcement officers who have a limited knowledge of utilizing digital photographic equipment and would like to advance their law enforcement photography skills. The program is geared toward patrol officers and detectives with a limited grasp of crime or accident scene photography. Attendees will work through numerous practical exercises and review images produced during classroom exercises, receiving feedback from the instructor on tips to improve the photographic documentation process.
Each participant will learn the following concepts, techniques, and skills:
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Students must each have a digital camera (the one which will be used in the job setting), external flash unit (if available), and instructional manual for the camera, extra batteries for camera and flash, two media cards of 8 megapixels or larger.
Guidelines and skills needed to investigate a variety of crimes will be taught including burglary, theft, fraud, homicide, suicide and suspicious deaths, vice and narcotic crimes, assaults, sex crimes, crimes against children and the elderly. Experienced instructors will train in the classroom then students will participate in a mock crime scene with role players to practice new skills. This method provides officers the opportunity to practice techniques with guidance and gain a solid understanding of a thorough and complete investigation.
This 3 day course will cover the following topics:
Seating is limited.
This 2 day course teaches various techniques to enable the officer to gain information and determine the accuracy of it during interview and interrogation processes. This course covers the difference between interviews and interrogations, preparing for and conducting professional, structured criminal interviews and interrogations more effectively, and different styles and proven techniques most commonly used. Skills taught will enable the investigator to detect deception by analyzing verbal and non-verbal communication.
Our highly-experienced instructors teach how to:
Students will participate in exercises with role players to practice skills taught.
Narcotics Investigation Training - Runs once a year.
HyperDrive Narcotics Investigation consists of:
This course also includes segments on Interview Interrogation Techniques, Search Warrant Writing, Report Writing and Courtroom Testimony. Teaching the techniques of the investigation is only the beginning. To enhance the classroom learning, HyperDrive uses professional role players to run a mock case at various off-site locations.