Crime scene investigators and peace officers are expected to be expert witnesses. To be perceived as experts, they must establish credibility from the moment they enter the courtroom and proceed to the witness stand to present their testimony. This course provides participants with practical activities to develop and enhance their ability to give effective courtroom testimony. Activities include communication skills evaluations, presenting expert witness credentials, and mock testimony in a simulated courtroom.
This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Courtroom Testimony Course #40067.
- Licensed or certified peace officer with a current
commission employed by or attached to a law enforcement/investigative agency
- Civilian employed by a law enforcement/investigative agency
conducting investigative tasks or duties
- Nurse employed by a medical facility tasked with
conducting forensic examinations
Please fax proof of course completion to (979) 862-2788 or
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
at least two weeks prior to class start date. Participants will be
contacted via email to confirm approval and admittance into course.
Course Completion Requirements
- Courtroom attire as per your agency policy for classroom activities on day 3
Class attendance is an
essential part of the education process, and participants in TEEX courses are
expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. The course requires
participants to attend a minimum of 80% of the class hours as a component of
successful course completion. During the course, your instructor will
review any additional attendance requirement, for example a field exercise that
cannot be missed.
in a TCOLE credit course must complete the class in its entirety to receive
- Printed and electronic copy of a current CV and/or resume
TopicsEffective Communication in Court+Expert Witnesses+Testifying in Court
Law enforcement and non-commissioned personnel with assignments that may require them to testify in court. Such occupations are crime
scene investigators, fire investigators, detectives, medicolegal death investigators,
patrol officers, corrections officers and forensic nurses
Continuing Education and Professional CreditsTexas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)+ACE+International Association of Identification (IAI)