The Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Division is currently hosting a law enforcement training in the CNMI. The first session was held on Aug. 27, while the second and third sessions are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27, and Friday, Oct. 11, at the Multi-Purpose Center from 8am to 12pm. The OAG has lined up its Criminal Division assistant attorneys general to conduct the presentations.
This training series is the first of its kind conducted by the OAG with the goal of strengthening and enhancing first responders and law enforcement personnel, and for investigators to reinforce their skills and perform their job more effectively.
The first round of topics include arrest warrants, preliminary hearings, victim interviews, collecting and preserving evidence, confident testimony, hearsay objections, and cross-examination.
“Once we’ve completed the first round of topics we’ll move to advanced topics," said Chief Prosecutor Shelli Neal. "The second series of topics include report writing/appropriate language, interrogation, constitutional rights of defendants, and search and eavesdropping warrants.
The first set of training was well attended with participants from the Department of Public Safety, Division of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Retirement Enforcement and other law enforcement agencies. The OAG plans to hold another round of training in November, focusing on more advanced topics.
“The officers expressed an interest in continuing this type of training and we’re happy to accommodate them as our trial/court schedules permit,” added Neal. (OAG)