Sexual Assault Training for Rural Law Enforcement Personnel
The Sexual Assault Training for Rural Law Enforcement Project has been funded since 1999 by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ). The original project developed and delivered a sexual assault curriculum to law enforcement executives in rural areas representing agencies nationwide. During the delivery of the management sessions, participants expressed the need for training to assist their investigators. The Criminal Justice Institute’s National Center for Rural Law Enforcement (NCRLE) responded in 2002 delivering both a management and an investigator curriculum.
Now, the Criminal Justice Institute’s National Center for Rural Law Enforcement (NCRLE) is once again responding to the needs of rural law enforcement officers, both management and investigator, by offering the Sexual Assault Training for Rural Law Enforcement Personnel Online. This program ensures sexual assault training is accessible to all rural law enforcement agencies regardless of manpower and budget limitations.
One of the primary obstacles in rural law enforcement is the lack of training programs specific to the needs of the rural officer. This program’s curriculum addresses the unique position of the rural officer by acknowledging the many roles most rural officers play in their area such as: officer, first responder, crime scene technician, and investigator. This training will provide the information necessary to effectively manage and investigate sexual assault incidents and provide a more victim-centered approach when working with sexual assault victims.
The management curriculum provides rural law enforcement executives with the knowledge, skills, and resources for establishing a victim-centered response from their agency personnel. Executives are also updated on model policy and procedures, interacting with the media, community response teams, advances in forensics and equipment, and evidence collection techniques to ensure executives know what to expect from their investigators.
The investigator curriculum provides a road map for investigators to ensure that each step in the investigation process is thoroughly conducted. Topics include: The Dynamics of Sexual Assault, Medical Forensic Examination, Forensic Laboratory, Community Response Teams, Victim Interview, Suspect Interview/Interrogation, and Evidence Collection Techniques.
Topics in both of the curricula are developed and delivered by experts in their particular field focusing on the rural officer.
This online training will include audio narration, videos, photographs, victim speakers and other materials that will actively engage participation. Scenarios within the course will provide problem-solving activities to reinforce training content. Webinars will also be offered to supplement the online information and to encourage team building and resource sharing between rural law enforcement agencies and other professionals such as victim advocates.
NCRLE staff are in the process of updating and revising curricular content. Please contact Mira Frosolono at 501-570-8072 with any questions.