The success of a criminal prosecution is determined not solely by the quality and quantity of evidence but by the manner in which it is presented by law enforcement officers in a court of law. An officer’s appearance, demeanor, attitude, and ability to accurately convey evidence in a fair and professional manner are essential in efforts to bring a criminal prosecution to a just conclusion. Therefore, law enforcement agencies should develop policies and procedures that ensure officers adhere to court scheduling, preparation, appearance, and testimonial guidelines .
These documents provide officers with guidelines for scheduling, preparing for, and testifying in criminal court cases.
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