September 15-16, 2014 • Richmond, VA
"Cops in Court" Program – Sept. 11 – Newport News
The Commonwealth's Attorneys Services Council (CASC) is presenting this day-long training program for law enforcement officers. This course focuses on increasing the ability of law enforcement officers to communicate effectively and confidently in the courtroom. With a goal of assisting officers in presenting testimony in a professional, accurate and convincing manner, the course topics include issues such as “the courtroom environment”, “report writing”, “preparation”, “effective direct examination” and “surviving cross examination”. While the course is structured around a DUI case, it will develop skills useful for officers who testify in all types bench or jury trials.
Discussions of direct examination and the goals of cross-examination will enable law enforcement officers to better understand the nature of their own testimony, anticipate what questions might be asked of them, and increase their credibility on the witness stand. We will examine the various types of cross-examination strategies, highlight particular areas subject to attack, and discuss how to avoid pitfalls. Lunch will be provided.
Adapted for Virginia from NHTSA’s “Cops In Court” program, this training will be presented without charge on September 11 at the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy.
Pre-registration is required. Registration is conducted by the hosting academy. In-Service Training Credits are pending. (No MCLE credits for this training.)
Contact Ed Hibbard at firstname.lastname@example.org or (757) 253-4994 for more information.
Join NHTSA on July 31st for a Day of Social Media Conversation — Help Save Kids from Heatstroke
As we approach rising summer temperatures, the danger for kids left in hot vehicles increases exponentially: at least 13 children have already died this year from vehicular heatstroke.
Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatalities for children 14 and under. Nearly every 10 days, a child dies from being left in a hot vehicle. More than half (52%) of kids who died from vehicular heatstroke were “forgotten” by their caregiver. This is a 100-percent preventable tragedy.
NHTSA is asking you to help us raise awareness about the dangers of kids and cars through a concerted day-long social media conversation. We’re asking our State and safety partners to tweet and post on Facebook every 30 minutes on July 31st from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. @NHTSAgov will be using the hash tags #checkforbaby and #heatstrokekills on all its social media posts, and we’d like you to do the same.
CLICK HERE for some sample social media posts to get you into the conversation.
Heatstroke Prevention Campaign Toolkit for July 31st
RICHMOND – Whether you are hailing a cab back to your hotel after a day of walking in historic Old Town Alexandria, chartering a bus to take a large crew to Busch Gardens or Kings Dominion for the day, arranging transportation home after a night out on the town, or hiring a limo for a luxury ride to a late-spring or summer wedding, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) urges Virginians to consider safety and security when using a for-hire transportation service.
A number of agencies are hosting a multitude of National Traffic Incident Manager (TIM) Responder Trainings at NO COST throughout 2014.
This 6-hour course is a new coordinated, multi-disciplinary training program developed through the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) and is available for all emergency responders and those supporting Traffic Incident Management operations. This training puts police, firefighters, state and local departments of transportation, towing, medical personnel, and other incident responders on the same page, leading to a safer, faster, integrated responder team.
Training Dates & Locations:
Richmond Police Academy — July 23, Aug 13, Aug 27, Sept 10, Sept 24, Oct 15, Oct 29, Nov 12, Dec 3 and Dec 17. (All classes 9am - 3pm.)
VSP Training Academy (Chesterfield) — July 15, July 23, Aug 8, Aug 25, Sept 8, Oct 17, Oct 29, Nov 10, Nov 19, Dec 2 and Dec 15. (All classes 8am - 2pm.)
Henrico Training Academy — Aug 5, Oct 3 and Dec 2. (All classes 9am - 3pm.)
Stafford Co. Public Safety Building — July 30 (2 Classes: 1-5PM & 6-10PM)
Vienna, Va. – To help parents coach teens in developing the skills to be safe drivers, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) and Liberty Mutual Insurance have joined forces to release an electronic edition of The Novice Driver's Road Map: An 8-Step Guide for Parents® (eNDRM). The new guide is available now as a free download from the NETS website.
The eNDRM provides an easy-to-follow curriculum for parents or adult coaches to guide teens in the practice needed to become safe, focused drivers and licensed in nearly all states. The interactive electronic guide is built around a series of eight drives that increase in complexity. Each includes a checklist of practice skills along with a set of detailed instructions and space to add notes. The practice sessions progress from driving in an empty parking lot to driving at night and in inclement weather. A log is included to track practice hours that updates with the time accrued after each entry, a useful tool to assist with graduated driver licensing requirements.
Martha Mitchell Meade wants you to travel — and she wants you to do it safely.
The face of AAA Mid-Atlantic, Meade is a voice for the average traveler and a crusader for highway safety.
The travel organization is a major force in Virginia.
With most people traveling by road, AAA Mid-Atlantic represents nearly 846,000 members in the state, while Virginia is home to about 6.2 million licensed drivers and more than 7.8 million registered vehicles.
In her post as the auto club’s manager of public and government affairs and director of its IDrive teen-safety program in Richmond, Meade has:
- advocated at federal, state and local levels on issues affecting motorists, such as transportation funding, safety legislation and public policy;
- worked for the interests of motorists and other travelers;
- pushed for responsible and better-educated drivers; and
- aided journalists in reporting on travel issues.
Long days are the norm in Meade’s work, whether it’s speaking before General Assembly committees or button-holing members, coordinating public events with local, state and national stakeholders, or answering reporters’ questions about rising gas prices, holiday travel forecasts or tips for motorists driving in bad weather.
“Reporters are my clients,” Meade said. “They work 24/7, and so I am on call for those hours as well.
“That makes every day a new and unexpected adventure,” she said. “I never know whether I will be granting interviews or even what topics will be covered.”
Since she took over the AAA Mid-Atlantic public affairs job a decade ago, Meade and a single associate have done nearly 6,900 media interviews. ...