Eyewitnesses play a vital role in the administration of justice. This class is based on current research in the field of human perception and the recommended reforms regarding eyewitness evidence that followed. When officers adhere to best practices in identification procedures, wrongful convictions can be prevented and investigations of witnessed crimes are enhanced.
Upon successful completion of this class, the law enforcement officer will be able to:
• Follow proper procedures in all categories of eyewitness identification.
• Give specific, uniform instruction to witnesses.
• Understand key concepts, such as estimator variables, system variables, blind administration, and unconscious transfer.
• Understand case law that established basic standards for the admissibility of eyewitness testimony.