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Criminal Justice 2011. Chapter 15:. Professionalism and Preparation for Court. Class Name, Instructor Name. Date, Semester. CHAPTER SUMMARY. 15.1. Describe the role of the investigator in court. 15.2. Outline the steps investigators take to prepare for court.

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  1. Criminal Justice 2011 • Chapter 15: Professionalism and Preparation for Court Class Name,Instructor Name Date, Semester

  2. CHAPTER SUMMARY 15.1 Describe the role of the investigator in court. 15.2 Outline the steps investigators take to prepare for court. : Describe appropriate courtroom demeanor and conduct during testimony. 15.3 Summarize investigator ethics and misconduct. 15.4

  3. Learning Objectives After this lecture, you should be able to complete the following Learning Outcome • 15.1 Describe the role of the investigator in court.

  4. 15.1 The Role of the Investigator in Court The investigator is the conduit for information…

  5. 15.1 Court Processes • Pre-trial Hearings • Preliminary Hearings • Trials • Sentencing Hearing

  6. 15.1 The Role of the Investigator in Court Prosecutor Investigator

  7. Learning Objectives After this lecture, you should be able to complete the following Learning Outcome • 15.2 Outline the steps investigators take to prepare for court.

  8. 15.2 Preparing for Court Review notes and reports Review all evidence, including photos and mug shot Add picture of a Police report Revisit the scene if possible Meet with the prosecutor prior to testifying

  9. 15.2 Preparing for Court Investigators may also be required to prepare witnesses and victims prior to hearings or trial.

  10. 15.2 Court Etiquette A few rules… Don’t discuss your personal life – it may come up in court!!! Be on time and know where you are going Don’t discuss the case in public or with someone you don’t know Treat everyone with respect… you might be talking with the defense attorney or a jurror Dress appropriately

  11. Learning Objectives After this lecture, you should be able to complete the following Learning Outcome • 15.3 Describe appropriate courtroom demeanor and conduct during testimony.

  12. 15.3 Courtroom Etiquette • Be yourself, not stiff or robotic, don’t try to be humorous • Address everyone formally: Your honor, sir, m'am, the defendant, Mr. Jones, etc… • Look at the person who is asking the question, then look at the fact finder (judge or jury) when answering • Don’t drink water, even if it is offered, sit up straight, and don’t use slang unless you are quoting someone

  13. 15.3 Courtroom Testimony: #1 Rule Tell the Truth!

  14. 15.3 Testimony Defense attorneys learn how to capitalize on officer’s mistakes in court, here are some strategies to avoid mistakes: Keep your composure (never lose your temper) Use plain, simple language – no police slang Confine testimony to facts Avoid expressing opinions unless asked Don’t volunteer information - answer only the question Speak calmly even if un-nerved

  15. Learning Objectives After this lecture, you should be able to complete the following Learning Outcome • 15.4 Summarize investigator ethics and misconduct.

  16. 15.4 Investigator Ethics Determining the truth Obtaining a conviction VS

  17. 15.4 Investigator Ethics • Ethical Investigative Methods Following the rules of evidence Following search and seizure rules Testifying truthfully

  18. 15.4 Investigator Ethics • Unethical Investigative • Methods Omitting exculpatory information in reports or while testifying “Fudging” on reports Exaggerating facts or misrepresenting facts Manufacturing evidence or lying during testimony

  19. 15.4 The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

  20. 15.4 Investigator Misconduct • Suspension • Termination from the department • Sued in state civil court or federal court under 42 USC Section 1983 Add picture of A person in jail or a Jail cell here please • Criminal Prosecution

  21. 14.5 Investigating Computer Crime

  22. CHAPTER REVIEW 15.1 Describe the role of the investigator in court. 15.2 Outline the steps investigators take to prepare for court. : Describe appropriate courtroom demeanor and conduct during testimony. 15.3 Summarize investigator ethics and misconduct. 15.4

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