Eyewitness evidence is critical to the apprehension and prosecution of criminals. Research has proven that a number of small changes to the identification process will help improve the accuracy and reliability of eyewitness identification, ensuring that the highest quality of eyewitness evidence is collected and preserved. This course will provide students with a knowledge and understanding of how the implementation of recommended protocols, or best practices, can improve the accuracy and reliability of eyewitness evidence.
Course Length: 8 Hours
Meet your Instructor
Ret. Sergeant Alamo Heights - Texas Police Department
Tom Vitacco is a State Certified (TCOLE) Advanced Police Instructor who began his law enforcement career in 1994 at the Alamo Heights Police Department, in Texas. Tom retired as a Sergeant in 2017 after serving in positions including Patrol, SWAT, Criminal Investigations, Training, and Administration. Tom now works as an instructor at the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) Regional Law Enforcement Academy where he trains both cadets and current Peace Officers in a wide variety of subjects to include firearms, tactics, criminal investigations, supervision, leadership, de-escalation and crisis intervention. Tom is also a Corporal with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Branch Training Unit. Tom has a BA Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is also a graduate of several specialized programs including the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT Sam Houston State University), the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Program (LEEDA) and the FBI Texas Command College.