News Release

Published on Friday, April 29, 2005

Western Wisconsin Technical College-Sparta Campus will host a training event sponsored by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday, May 6 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The seminar is titled “Reducing the Risk of Wrongful Convictions: Eyewitness Identification Best Practices,” and is targeted to law enforcement officers and prosecutors.

The event was developed as part of Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager’s efforts to prevent the potential risk of wrongful conviction. Lautenschlager will address seminar participants during a luncheon from 12:00-12:45 p.m. and explain why providing this training to law enforcement statewide is a top priority for her administration.

“State-of-the-art witness identification procedures in photo arrays, lineups, showups and facial composites are critical to the judicial process, and to minimizing errors that can have tragic consequences,” Lautenschlager recently explained at the Wisconsin Chief of Police Association Mid-Winter Conference. “DOJ has carefully developed critical new recommendations to assist law enforcement statewide in collecting eyewitness evidence that will ensure the highest quality and integrity.”

For more information on this event, contact WWTC-Sparta Campus at 608.269.1611. To learn more about WWTC programs and services, please call 608.785.9200 or visit the WWTC Web site at wwtc.edu.