This course is accredited for 6.0 hours of continuing education credits by Missouri POST.
To successfully testify about motor vehicle crash investigation and reconstruction, it is essential that an officer understands and can explain to a jury in “plain speak” what has been done. Through video lectures from a seasoned prosecutor and motor vehicle crash expert, this course examines the science that supports crash reconstruction and follow-up efforts. Course topics include:
- The basic physics principles that form the foundation for collision reconstruction calculations
- Extensive discussions of Newton’s Laws of Motion
- Exploration of crash-related concepts including center of mass, gravitational acceleration, time-distance-speed relationships, kinetic energy, and conservation of energy
With clear, easy-to-understand explanations that build credibility for the officer when integrated into trial testimony, the course includes numerous examples and analogies to help officers better and understand significant scientific concepts. All materials are delivered with an emphasis on “plain speak,” a signature of Prof. Kwasnoski’s presentation style. The successful investigation and prosecution of a motor vehicle crash may include issues that are not part of the ordinary at-scene checklist of evidence, and this course provides critical concepts to help officers employ scientific principles in furtherance of their investigations.