2.5-5 Testimony of Police Officials
New September 30, 2011
Police officials have testified.
You should neither believe nor disbelieve the testimony of a police official
just because (he/she) is a police official. You must determine the credibility
of police officials in the same way and by the same standards as you would
evaluate the testimony of any other witness. You should recall (his/her)
demeanor on the stand, (his/her) manner of testifying, and evaluate it just
as carefully as you would the testimony of any other witness.
It is preferable to give appropriate emphasis to the instruction on police testimony by devoting
a separate instruction to that subject. State v. Banks, 59 Conn. App. 112, 132-35, cert. denied,
254 Conn. 950 (2000); State v. Nieves, 36 Conn. App. 546, 550, cert. denied, 232 Conn. 916 (1995).