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Legal Issues

Corrections officers must remain up-to-date with the legal statutes that inform officer action. Courses under this topic will include Corrections Liability, Jail Risk Management, Officer Liability, PREA–Prison Rape Elimination Act, and Understanding Inmates’ Rights – Legal Trends

Course Name Course Description Length
Corrections Liability This one-hour course provides Corrections Officers with the appropriate methods and regulatory practices to ensuring utmost jail liability. 1h
Liability Issues in Use of Force Law Enforcement Expert, Dave Smith discusses liability issues in the use of force with Chuck Joyner. 15m
Litigation Procedures Law enforcement and corrections officers play important roles in the legal and judicial process. When laws have been broken, police are responsible for apprehending the alleged perpetrator, and corrections officers are responsible for securing them safely so that they can be tried for the crimes which they have allegedly committed. In this course, the learner will examine how his or her role as a law enforcement or corrections professional interacts within the context of the judicial process as a whole, as well as the guidelines to follow while testifying in court and finally how his or her appearance or demeanor in the courtroom could impact a jury. 1h
Officer Liability This two-hour course will educate you on the federal laws and Constitutional laws that help officers perform their duties in accordance to these laws. 2h
PREA – Prison Rape Elimination Act PREA applies to all correctional facilities, including prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, military and Indian country facilities, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities. This course is an overview that focuses on the importance of addressing sexual safety in Prisons; It explains how to prevent prison rapes and the Department of Justice National PREA Standards. It will also provide information on the risks of failing to comply with PREA Standards.Please note: If any part of the training conflicts with your agency policy, please follow your agency/facility policy. 1h
Presenting Effective Testimony in a Courtroom The crime report has been written. The District Attorney Office has pressed charges. Now it is time to complete the final and critical step, testify in court. This course covers the basic strategies an officer can deploy to improve their performance in the courtroom. 1h
Privacy Protocols for Officers and the Internet Doug Wyllie interviews Lauri Stevens regarding officer safety issues related to social networking and the internet. Lauri emphasizes some of the important privacy settings to put in place for officers who use Facebook, as well as camera settings for your cell phone. 5m
State and Federal Law Update 3184 This material is a general summary of selected court cases and changes to Texas criminal law as wrought by the 84th session of the Texas Legislature. 4h
State and Federal Law Update 3185 This course will provide updates on multiple bills passed by the 85th Legislature that has an impact on Texas Law Enforcement. This course includes administrative changes, changes in existing statues, and new laws. This course applies to all Law Enforcement Officers, Law Enforcement Administrators, and Policymakers. This course includes video testimonials courtesy of the Killeen Police Department which will help clarify the complex changes in the law. 3h
Understanding Inmates’ Rights – Legal Trends As a corrections officer, it is important to understand that the inmates in your custody have constitutional rights. It makes no difference what they are charged with or what is in their criminal history. The subject of inmate rights has evolved for more than 50 years. Correctional personnel do not have to be lawyers, but they must understand inmates’s rights and liability. This course will provide a basic, but working knowledge examination of inmates’s constitutional rights and trends in courts’s decisions that affect those rights. 1h