Eyewitness Identification (No cost)

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019

8:00am – 5:00pm

For years, scientists and criminal justice practitioners have known that some eyewitnesses struggle to recognize the face of the stranger they saw only briefly.  Worse, some witnesses believe they recognize him, but are wrong.  Today, we know that over 70% of people exonerated by DNA were sent to prison, at least in part, based on a mistaken identification by an eyewitness.  Over the past decade, the National Institute of Justice, the Innocence Project, the National Academy of Sciences and the International Association of Chiefs of Police have called on police departments to modernize the procedures they use with eyewitnesses.

William G. Brooks, a Massachusetts police chief and recognized expert on eyewitness identification, will talk about the science behind the reforms, and about protocols that police are implenting across the U.S.  This course is a “train-the-trainer” and officers who attend will receive access to instructor materials.  Among other topics, the presentation will include:

• Cautions for dispatchers and first responders
• Interview techniques
• Witnesses instructions
• Handling multiple witness cases
• Assembling and showing photo arrays
• Blind administration
• Assessing witness confidence
• Issues with sketches and composites
• Identifying inanimate objects

William G. Brooks is the Chief of the Norwood, Massachusetts Police Department.  He was a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Study Committee on Eyewitness Identification and is a member of the SJC Standing Committee.  He also served on the committee at the National Academy of Sciences that produced “Identifying the Culprit,” a report on eyewitness identification research.  He presents nationally on behalf of the Innocence Project.  He was the 2012 recipient of the Innocence Network’s Champion of Justice Award, and in 2015 received the IACP Civil Rights Award for Individual Achievement.  Chief Brooks is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is a past president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.

Date: April 17, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Tulsa Community College 3727 E. apache Street Tulsa, OK

CLEET Hours: 8

CLEET Catalog Number: 19-1269

Cost:  FREE


  Lois Whitaker for training enrollment form


405-672-1225 Ext. 2

Event Location

Tulsa Community College
3727 E. Apache Street
Tulsa, OK

Event Fees

Registration Free