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WI DOJ Provides Training for Local Prosecutors


Victims' Rights, Child Exploitation, and Civil Commitments among Topics to be Addressed


LAKE GENEVA - The Wisconsin Department of Justice's Statewide Prosecutor Education and Training (SPET) Programs will conduct a training session beginning Tuesday, May 18th and ending Friday, May 21 in Lake Geneva. The specialized training provides prosecutors and law enforcement officers from around the state with the latest knowledge and skills necessary to effectively and aggressively investigate and prosecute the various types of complex cases they face on a daily basis.


"My commitment and assistance to district attorneys goes beyond the courtroom to include the classroom," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "This specialized training provides prosecutors new and better tools with which to fight crime and better serve their communities."


Topics to be addressed include:


  • Forensic Interview of Children: Best Practice Guidelines
  • Gang Prosecution
  • Civil Commitment, Competency to Stand Trial, Criminal Responsibility
  • DNA Basics
  • Evidentiary Foundations: Impeachment
  • Mental Health Issues Faced by Prosecutors
  • The Scheduling, Analysis, and ID of Opiates & Prescription Products
  • Victims' Rights Enforcement in WI: The Crime Victims' Rights Board
  • Sexting & Cyberbullying
  • Digital Discovery: How to Handle Discovery in Electronic Format



"Assisting Wisconsin's prosecutors is a constant theme in the Department's work and my commitment to public safety and crime fighting," said Van Hollen. "We do best what we do together. Prosecutors commitment to learn and the Department's determination to help is a good combination."