While their fields may be related and often intersect, lawyers and law-enforcement officers speak different languages. A new course at Capital University aims to get each on the same page, or at least better understand each other.
A legal research and writing course for police, launched this semester, is designed to train certain Columbus Division of Police officers on best practices for being an expert witness in legal settings.
The course has about a dozen Columbus police officers and one Franklin County deputy. It incorporates the basic fundamentals of legal research and writing that can help when crafting expert-witness reports, which can be used before grand juries, trials and settlement discussions, said police Commander Bob Meader, who approached Capital about developing such a class. It also provides officers experience in giving expert-witness testimony during mock depositions.
Check out this Columbus Dispatch article to find out more.