Eyewitness evidence is critical to the apprehension and prosecution of criminals. Since 1989, DNA evidence has been used to exonerate nearly 375 individuals that were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Of those, approximately 69% were convicted on evidence that included inaccurate and faulty eyewitness identifications. Research has proven that a number of small changes to the identification process will help improve the accuracy and reliability of eyewitness identification, ensuring that the highest quality of eyewitness evidence is collected and preserved.
The goal of this course is to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of how the implementation of recommended protocols and best practices, can improve the accuracy and reliability of eyewitness evidence.
The instructor, Lt. Butch Matjeka, has been teaching issues in criminal law for over 35 years and is a 46-year law enforcement veteran currently serving as the Criminal Investigation Lieutenant with the Kendall County Sheriff's Office. Lt. Matjeka retired from the San Antonio Police Department after 34 years of service and served on Patrol, was the lead instructor for all criminal law courses at the SAPD Training Academy and spent ten and a half years as a murder detective and six and a half years as a Homicide Unit sergeant and served as the lead investigator in officer involved shooting cases. Lt. Matjeka also served as an investigator with the Bexar County District Attorney's Office for two years prior to his assignment with the Kendall County Sheriff's Office.
Payment by credit card should be made at the time of registration. Payment by check should be received before the class date, however payment by check or cash may be made at the beginning of class.
Cancellations should be made as soon as possible in order to allow those students on a waiting list time to register and pay for the class. Cancellations made two weeks prior to class will be eligible for a refund. Cash, Check and credit card payments are refundable, however convenience fees associated with credit card payments are non-refundable.
We understand situations arise where cancellation is necessary. However, repeated cancellations may affect future attendance in other classes.