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NCJ Number: 78010 Find in a Library
Title: Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice - Policeman as Witness
Corporate Author: WGBH-TV Boston
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice

WGBH-TV Boston
Allston, MA 02134
Grant Number: 193
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this inservice film for law enforcement officers of New England, the Assistant District Attorney of Massachusetts discusses the three types of evidence and the proper police procedure for witnessing.
Abstract: Through the dramatization of a court incident, the district attorney demonstrates the importance of police officers' attire on the witness stand, their punctuality, and their demeanor. He also emphasizes that police should be prepared to respond to all questions concerning the facts of the case; hesitations and contradictions will harm the officer's testimony. Following the dramatization and related discussion is a panel discussion concerned with the problems a policeman faces as a witness. The director of the Law Enforcement Training Program moderates the panel which includes two police captains and a judge from the New England area, as well as the district attorney.
Index Term(s): Cross-examination; Films; New England States; Police testimony; Police training; Rules of evidence; Testimony; Witnesses
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. This is a two reel, 16mm, black and white film. The total running time is 60 minutes.
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