NEWS RELEASE: October 15, 2013
FROM: The Kansas Highway Patrol
CONTACT: Kansas Highway Patrol: Lieutenant Joshua Kellerman, (785) 296-6800
Lethal Weapon Training Expands in 2013
Program expands to provide training for 93 prosecutors and officers
This past week, 93 prosecutors and law enforcement officers from throughout the state of Kansas met in Hutchinson for a free training, one which has expanded since its inception in 2011. The "Lethal Weapon: Investigating and Prosecuting DUI Related Fatalities" training was held October 14-16 at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
The Lethal Weapon course is based off a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration course, and was implemented in Kansas two years ago. To make the course more unique, Kansas went to Oregon and Idaho for ideas from their Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors.
The course was funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation. The cost of the training, as well as room and board, and meals were all covered for attendees. The only cost not covered was the cost of transportation to and from the event. The program was sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Attorney General's Office, Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor's Office, and Kansas Highway Patrol.
The seminar included training on crash reconstructions, technical investigation, and trial advocacy skills. The law enforcement officers in attendance had the opportunity to learn about prosecutorial involvement in fatal crashes, while the prosecutors had the opportunity to gain a working knowledge of crash reconstruction and toxicology, as well as skills to work with expert witnesses. The goal of the course was to assist prosecutors and officers in developing their knowledge and skills related to vehicular homicide cases.
Sessions covered a variety of topics from physics principles, intersection collisions, toxicology, preparing for court, ethical considerations, and more. The Kansas Highway Patrol's Critical Highway Accident Response Team conducted a crash and completed a full reconstruction for attendees.