Assessing the Credibility of Witnesses
Join us Thurday, May 18, 2017, 2:00PM ET*, as we welcome John Alden of the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability (DPA) to discuss concepts and techniques important to both those who investigate and those who review cases of police misconduct. This one-hour webinar will cover the basic concepts used in credibility determinations in administrative cases and discuss the preponderance of the evidence. In addition, it will address specific behaviors and actions of witnesses which, in total, will help build confidence that one is able to make thoughtful credibility assessments and have the ability to explain it to others persuasively. To round out the training, Mr. Alden will provide specific techniques that can be used in police discipline cases to assist with credibility determinations.
Mr. Alden has been an attorney for the San Francisco DPA, formerly the Office of Citizen Complaints, since May of 2016. Prior to joining the Department of Police Accountability, he worked for over seven years as an attorney for the San Francisco Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division. He has helped conduct hundreds of police misconduct investigations in San Francisco, and presented cases regarding those investigations before courts and administrative bodies. He also supervises the Department of Police Accountability’s training program.
Before his work in San Francisco, Mr. Alden was a prosecutor in the Bay Area for six years specializing in domestic violence prosecution, consumer fraud, and white collar crime. He then worked in private practice for five years specializing in wage and hour class action cases and related areas of employment law. Mr. Alden also served as an Unruh Fellow in the California State Assembly. Mr. Alden received both his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley.
*Please note that those who participate in this webinar will be able to apply 0.75 credit hours towards the CPO certification program.