Commonwealth’s Attorney Send Assistant Prosecutor to Advanced Training Opportunities

Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Fisher promotes advanced legal training courses for Fauquier prosecutor staff

Warrenton, VA – September 13, 2011 Fauquier Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Fisher announced today that his nomination of an Assistant Prosecutor for all-expenses-paid advanced training has been accepted by a two highly regarded organizations that specialize in advanced legal education for prosecutors. “We were very fortunate to have my nominee accepted by two great programs,” said Fisher of the training.  Both programs provide the training completely cost-free to the locality which sends the prosecutors.

The first program is entitled Child Fatality and Serious Child Abuse and is provided by Virginia’s Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Services Council.  The program is a multi-day school devoted to legal and technical issues that arise in serious child abuse cases.  The course is limited to 40 trainees who must be approved for admission.  This course will be held in September.

The second course is provided by the U.S. Secret Service at their training facility in Hoover Alabama. Their state of the art facility is known as the National Computer Forensics Institute and training programs include advanced education in the use of evidence recovered from computers in court.  The course is titled “Computer Forensics in Court – Prosecutors” and will be held in October.  The Secret Service covers the entire cost of the training including airfare.

“I am convinced that continuing training and education is important given how complex the law has become,” said Fisher. “When opportunities arise for programs that don’t cost our local taxpayers any local funding, then I feel we need to take advantage of them especially because if we don’t, some other office will, he said.”  “Crimes against children involve a degree of specialization that is important, and these training programs are an excellent opportunity to develop expertise,” Fisher concluded.