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NCJ Number: 155785 Find in a Library
Title: Traffic Officer in Court, Fifth Edition
Author(s): D T Gilbert
Corporate Author: Northwestern University Traffic Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Northwestern University Traffic Institute
Evanston, IL 60204
Sale Source: Northwestern University Traffic Institute
405 Church Street
P.O. Box 1409
Evanston, IL 60204
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual discuss the traffic officer's role offering testimony in court, with emphasis on methods of enhancing the effectiveness of testimony and the differences in simple hearings, proceedings involving a magistrate without a jury, and jury trials.
Abstract: Individual sections focus on the role of the traffic officer, preparation prior to a trial, documentation, general court situations, topics that should be covered in a police report, general guidelines for witnesses, and the presentation of facts. Additional sections cover the handling of direct examination by the prosecutor, cross- examination by the defense attorney, and considerations involved in specific types of proceedings. The guidelines emphasize that the substance of the testimony as well as the police officer's conduct and demeanor have a major impact on the court and the jury. Therefore, police officers must be able to testify in a professional, clear, and understandable manner. Photographs, checklist, and 7 references
Main Term(s): Police testimony
Index Term(s): Courtroom decorum; Effective communications training; Police as witnesses; Traffic courts; Traffic law enforcement
Note: Traffic Law Enforcement Series, Publication Number 552
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