Seminar Title: Court Room Testimony; "The Cop's Perspective"
DATES: 3/19/2020 through 3/20/2020
INSTRUCTOR(S): Tyler Sutherland
LOCATION: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Dept Training Center - 9094 St Landry Road, Gonzales, LA 70737
HOTEL: Clarion Inn & Conference Center - Gonzales, LA 800-946-5432
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE: $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.
Detective Tyler Sutherland has been a police officer for over 15 years with the Battle Creek Police Department, in Battle Creek MI. He is currently assigned to his police departments Detective Bureau. Before being promoted to Detective, Tyler Sutherland worked as a road patrol officer for five years, and then assigned to the police department’s Gang Suppression Unit for 8 years. Tyler received his Bachelors Degree from Adrian College, while majoring in criminal justice, and a minor in psychology.
As a member of the Gang Unit and Detective Bureau, Tyler Sutherland has been the lead investigator in a number of gang and violent crime cases involving cell phone investigations, drug investigations, writing and executing search warrants, surveillance techniques, undercover drug buys, and managing confidential informants. These investigations resulted in several hours of courtroom trial experiences, and jury convictions.
While participating in all aspects of gang investigations and court room prosecution, Detective Sutherland, has been qualified as, and testified as a gang expert, in Federal U.S. District Court, Michigan State Circuit Court, and Michigan State District Court, more than 15 times in in his police career. One of these gang cases was the first criminal gang enhancement jury conviction in the State of Michigan since the state statute was created. The Michigan State Supreme Court placed its first opinion on the record about gang expert testimony in the state of Michigan, as a result of Detective Sutherland's testimony.
In addition, Detective Tyler Sutherland has also been recognized in Michigan State District Court and Circuit Court as an expert in drug trafficking, identifying armed subjects, and cell phone records analyses. Detective Sutherland is a Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, a Patrol Training Officer, and an adjunct teaching instructor at Kellogg Community College Police Academy. After several hundred hours of training, education, research, and on the job experience, Tyler has developed several Law Enforcement Training Courses related to Officer Safety Tactics, Hybrid Street Gangs, and Courtroom Testimony.
Pre-Payment is NOT required to register or attend this seminar
Court Room Testimony and the criminal investigation that created the court case, becomes a theatrical battle between prosecution and defense in the court room. Can the prosecution, police, and lead investigator explain and describe the elements of the crime to the jury in a reasonable light? Or, will the defense attorney distract the jury with insufficient evidence, lazy police procedure, and inconsistent witness testimony?
Most officers and investigators only invest in testifying to the details they were involved in. But what happens when every police witness that takes the stand begins to give the jury an incomplete picture of what took place during the investigation. To add insult to injury, your civilian witness then fails to completely describe how they know the suspect, forgets key details of the event, and becomes intimidated by the defendant’s “Crew” sitting in the back of the court room.
The defense attorney then makes their move to exploit these weak links in the investigative chain of events to the jury. Therefore, the jury begins to ask themselves why certain investigative steps were not completed? Why didn’t certain witnesses testify? Why wasn’t certain evidence collected and analyzed? Why do the witness accounts of the event not match each other? The instructors in this training class will explain in detail, from their own courtroom experience, the lessons learned from all of these categories of concern.
Many officers and investigators never get to be exposed the full court room experience that encompasses the preliminary exam, suppression hearings, jury selections, motions made through out the trial, the back-stage conversations in the judge’s chambers, witness testimony issues, and closing statements that attack the integrity of your police investigation.
The instructors in this class will use case examples from their several hundred courtroom experiences to educate, expose, and prepare you to become confident every time you take the stand, or manage a case as the lead investigator as it makes its way through the court room process. This class will provide you with the foresight, to consider more investigative detail at your next crime scene and improve your case’s courtroom presentation to win over the jury.