Training Force USA

Obtaining Sound Identifications
from Witnesses in Criminal Cases

APRIL 30, 2018  
TEXAS CITY, TEXAS (Houston/Galveston Area)

TCOLE Course #3286  
Criminal defense attorneys are increasingly attacking witness identifications. The result is that law enforcement officers must make sure they have defensible, solid procedures and techniques for obtaining and verifying witness identifications of suspects and events.
In this eight hour class, attendees will learn the following:
  • Pre-interview procedures to avoid "tainting" of witnesses
  • The importance of Communication Issues
  • Location and setting factors
  • Body Language and deception indicators
  • Crafting questions to maximize witness response
  • Handling witness fears and "I don't want to get involved" protests
  • Assembling Suspect photo display folders
  • Proper procedures for showing witnesses suspect display folder
  • Live lineup procedures and witness considerations
  • Working with forensic artists and creating composites
  • Sequential photo display showings, and sequential live lineups
Utilizing open class discussions and real case examples, the instructor will discuss the presence or absence of details in witness responses, and how critical it is to understand what is, and what is not, being expressed in witness statements, both verbal and written. The students will become cognizant of the necessary procedures and considerations that come with witness interviews and identifications, per TCOLE learning objectives 1.0 through 3.9.

Ramesh Nyberg is a retired police veteran of a 27-year law enforcement career with the Miami-Dade (FL) Police Department. He spent 21 of those years as a Homicide Investigator, working on death investigations of all kinds. He has travelled all over the U.S. and to several countries to interview witnesses and suspects. Ramesh was also a member of the MDPD Homicide's "Cold Case" Squad. Det. Nyberg has authored hundreds of articles for Police, Police and Security News, Law and Order, Law Enforcement Technology, and the Miami Herald. He was an instructor at Miami-Dade's Training Bureau, where he taught Homicide Investigation, Interviews and Interrogations, and Major Case Management. He retired in 2006, and taught Criminal Justice at a Miami high school, before opening his own private investigation agency.

Members of the criminal justice and legal community (sworn or non-sworn). Students are encouraged to bring a laptop but it is not a requirement.

  • LOCATION:    
    Texas City Law Enforcement Training Academy 

    1004 9th Avenue North 

    Texas City, Texas 77590  

    Monday, April 30, 2018

    Class starts at 8:00 AM Sharp - and ends at 5:00 PM (CST) 

    Business casual attire  
  • COST:        $199.00 per person
          Includes instruction, class materials, and certificate of completion
      Cancellations and Substitutions:  
  • Upon submission of this registration, participants are responsible for payment of this course.
    Please note that if you do not attend, you are still responsible for payment.
  • Substitutions may be made at any time by phone, e-mail or online at the registration site.

:     CLAUDE A. PICHARD, Training Force USA
                      Phone: 850-251-1223