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Courtroom Testimony

COURSE FEE: $50.00


COURSE DESCRIPTION: The arrest of suspects based on probable cause is void if the arresting officer cannot skillfully and purposefully present his or her evidence in a court of law. This course will offer insight on what makes a good witness, what qualifies a witness to be an expert, and what content needs to be included in an expert’s testimony. Participants will be given trial testimony hints and tactics for handling drug, property crime cases, sexual assault and violent crime cases. This course is designed for all certified law enforcement officers.

INSTRUCTOR:  Mr. John Hout
Mr. John Hout is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the 6th Judicial District of Arkansas, which is located in Little Rock.  He is currently the Division Chief over the Gang Unit and a Major Crimes Prosecutor.  Mr. Hout has prosecuted well over one hundred jury trials, more than one third of which have been homicide trials.  Prior to his current position as division chief, he was a staff attorney assigned to the domestic violence/sexual assault unit, where he prosecuted all forms of violence against women including rape, battery, and kidnapping cases. 

Mr. Hout is a certified law enforcement instructor and has taught several classes dealing with courtroom testimony, use of force, and investigating sexual abuse in every part of the state of Arkansas. He has appeared on AETN to discuss issues with the mentally ill in the justice system.  Mr. Hout has also taught new Little Rock Police Department officers the Arkansas Criminal Code.  He also was the organizer of several seminars at the Arkansas Bar Association dealing with crime scene investigation.  Mr. Hout attended the University of Arkansas, School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he graduated with honors.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This class is open to all certified law enforcement officers.


PAYMENT OPTIONS: Check, Purchase Order or Credit Card.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Kimberly Hendricks: at 501-570-8041.
Toll free: 1-800-635-6310.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Registrants must fax a signed and dated verification letter on agency letterhead within five days of submission of the registration request form to 501-570-1465 which includes the following statement:  This letter will verify that I, (name of registrant), am an employee of (agency name) and hold the position of (sworn/non-sworn) (position title), located at (address) and have registered for (name of class) on (date).

This class is 6 hours.


May 5, 2017
Fort Smith Police Department        
Fort Smith, AR

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