Public Hearing Set on Eyewitness ID Model Policy

Graphic of lineup of stick figures with magnifying glass over one of them.

A public hearing will be held on Dec. 1 in Austin on a model policy and procedures that can be used by Texas law enforcement for eyewitness identification.

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, which was mandated by the Texas Legislature to develop a sample policy, will conduct a question and answer session from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the State Capitol, House Hearing Room E2.030, located in the Capitol Extension. There will be time limits for each question.

All law enforcement agencies in Texas that conduct lineups in the routine performance of an officer’s duty are required to adopt a written policy and procedures on eyewitness identification by Sept. 1, 2012. The proposed model policy, which can be viewed at lemitonline.org or accessed via the Internet from public libraries across the state, was developed in collaboration with law enforcement agencies and special interest organizations across Texas.

In addition to the public hearing, comments can be submitted via e-mail to lemitresearch@shsu.edu or mailed to Dr. Rita Watkins, Executive Director, The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, Sam Houston State University, 1600 Bobby K. Marks Boulevard, Huntsville, Texas 77341-2417 through Nov. 30, 2011.

A map of the Capital Complex and visitor parking is available at http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/Plan/FloorPlan/Complex.htm.

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