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TSRP Training

The following training resources are available for stakeholders in Montana’s criminal justice system. These trainings promote best practice and consistency in identification, arrest, prosecution, and sentencing of traffic safety violators. Several trainings are available by request only.

March 28, 2014

Brown bag Webinar: What's new at the Crime Lab, and how it will affect prosecutors?
March 28, 2014 from 12 noon - 1 pm

  • Bring your lunch and enjoy an educational and useful interactive webinar. Join us for a conversation with Scott Larson, Chief Toxicologist at the Crime Lab. We will talk about changes -- past and future -- in toxicology reporting. Paul Choan, Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney, will also join us to discuss his recent Confrontation Clause challenge in a DUI case with NMS Labs.
  • Register
  • Important: After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions on how to join the webinar. In order to make sure that you are able to log on, please register at least 4 hours in advance. Also, be sure to enter your email address correctly and retain the confirmation email. You will not be able to join the webinar if you do not receive and retain the confirmation. The email will come from TSRP webinars; Please add this to your list of safe addresses so that it does not go to a spam or junk mail folder.
  • If you have any questions or experience any difficulty in registering for the webinar, please feel free to contact , 406-498-6941.

April 1-3, 2014

Prosecuting the DUI - Fort Harrison (Helena), MT

Courses available upon request

Please request training by contacting Barb Watson at or call 406-498-6941.

Cops In Court
This 4-hour course focuses on increasing the ability of law enforcement officers to communicate effectively and confidently in the courtroom. Designed for law enforcement officers with a wide variety of trial testimony experience, the course includes instruction and discussion on all aspects of trial preparation and courtroom testimony in an impaired driving case. Experts in the fields of law enforcement and prosecution present the curriculum, which includes:

  1. “What Jurors want” – courtroom preparation and testimony
  2. Report writing
  3. Goals and strategies of cross-examination

Legal / legislative update
This 2-hour training provides an update on the latest case rulings and legislation that affect Montana’s law enforcement and prosecution.

DUI search warrants
Learn about how other jurisdictions have successfully implemented telephonic search warrants for blood evidence in DUI cases, as allowed by § 61-8-402 (5), MCA following the passage of Senate Bill 42 by the 2011 Legislature.
Minimum course length is 1 hour but can be longer to allow for discussion and planning.

Ongoing – NO-COST distance learning opportunities

distance learning icon The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC) offers NO-COST distance learning opportunities featuring courses that present best practices and strategies for reducing underage drinking.

These web-based, on-line courses are designed to provide basic information to the participant and serve as a foundation for on-site training provided by the UDETC. Participants can receive a certificate upon completion of one of these courses.

Free online courses include: