The Office of the Attorney General has teamed up with the Department of Public Safety to deliver courses on criminal law designed for the 21st cycle police academy.
The classes are taught by assistant attorneys general from the civil and criminal division and held at the Department of Public Safety headquarters in Susupe. Classes began on March 28 and will conclude on May 14.
Assistant attorney general Betsy Weintraub states, “I’ve enjoyed teaching Intro to Criminal Law this past week because the cadets are so enthusiastic and excited to learn. This is a great opportunity for prosecutors to get to know the future officers and vice verse. The next six weeks will be intense for both the instructors and the students because we have a lot of lessons packed in to the curriculum, but hopefully everyone will work together to make it a success.”
Some of the course curriculum include, introduction to criminal justice, report writing, arrests, search and seizure, the exclusionary rule, working with witnesses and victims, interrogations and waiver of rights, stages of the judicial process, the juvenile justice act, and traffic safety law.
The set of courses are intended to be both demonstrative and interactive. Attorney General Edward Manibusan said, “we are grateful to have been given this opportunity to lend our expertise to the dedicated and hardworking 21st cycle police cadets.”
The AG continues, “as an officer of the law, it is expected that one must learn the legal process of the criminal justice system. Furthermore, understanding the law is one of the most fundamental attributes to becoming a police officer.”
Manibusan concludes by stating, “I wish the men and women of the 21st cycle the best of luck and success.”