TRAFFIC SAFETY RESOURCE PROSECUTOR COURSE
National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators (NAPC)
NAPC conducts prosecutor training for a number of States through its membership. The prosecutor coordinators in over 30 States have received NHTSA funding for various training that includes: Prosecution of Driving Under the Influence, Prosecuting the Drugged Driver, Lethal Weapon: DWI Homicide, Train the Trainer and Protecting Lives, Saving Futures. The Protecting Lives, Saving Futures curriculum places prosecutors and law enforcement officers from the same locality in a training setting. This allows for an interaction between the two disciplines to understand the concerns that they experience. Interested states should contact their Prosecutor Coordinator’s Office.
National Traffic Law Center (NTLC)
Throughout its history, the NTLC has served as a resource for NHTSA concerning traffic law, representing the prosecutor’s interest on various traffic safety issues. NTLC has the lead on the development and revisions of prosecutor trainings. NTLC, in conjunction with the NAPC, is developing a training program for prosecutors to deliver to law enforcement officers on testifying in court.
One training curriculum is revised each year. The Train the Trainer was updated in 2006 and Prosecuting the Drugged Driver will be revised in late 2006 or early 2007 when research is completed on the re-validation of various components of the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) protocol. Efforts have been made to promote prosecutor training in the States with the use of State highway safety office funding.
NTLC serves as a conduit for impaired-driving information to judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers. NTLC maintains a Brief Bank on impaired-driving cases, collects expert witness information, and publishes Between the Lines .NTLC staff also teach traffic safety courses at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.
SFST Resource Information CD
A SFST CD-ROM has been prepared for distribution to judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers. This CD contains all of the research (to date) on SFST and HGN. Also included, are snippets of a correct SFST and HGN (as taught to the law enforcement officers). A key element of this CD is an index reference system for quick research or reference. It can be ordered through the NHTSA Web site: www.nhtsa.dot.gov.
DEC Resource Information CD
A CD-ROM will be developed for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges on the research that supports the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program. Interested States should contact their NHTSA Regional Office, which can coordinate services through Brian Chodrow, EJS Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-366-9765.