The Criminal Justice Institute’s Sexual Assault Training for Rural Law Enforcement Personnel Online Program is designed to respond to the unique needs of rural law enforcement officers, both management and investigator, when performing a sexual assault investigation in their community. This FREE program ensures sexual assault training is accessible to all rural law enforcement agencies regardless of manpower and budget limitations.

This program’s curriculum addresses the unique position of the rural officer by acknowledging the many roles most rural officers play in their community: officer, first responder, crime scene technician, and investigator. This training provides the information necessary to effectively manage and investigate sexual assault incidents and provide a more victim-centered approach when working with sexual assault victims.

Foundations of Sexual Assault Investigation for the Rural Officer Online provides rural law enforcement executives and investigators with the knowledge, skills, and resources for establishing a victim-centered response as part of an effective investigation. Topics include: The Dynamics of Sexual Assault, First Responder, Evidence Collection Techniques, and A Prosecutor’s Perspective. (This program is a prerequisite for Sexual Assault for the Rural Investigator Online and Sexual Assault Investigation for the Rural Executive Online.)

Sexual Assault Investigation for the Rural Executive ONLINE 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 and community response teams to ensure executives know what to expect from their investigators.

Sexual Assault Investigation for the Rural Investigator ONLINE provides a road map for investigators to ensure that each step in the investigation process is thoroughly conducted. Topics include: Medical Forensic Examination, Alcohol/Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault, Victim Interview, Suspect Interview and Interrogation, and Sexual Assault Report Writing.

These courses are federal grant-funded training and are specifically for rural states and all territories. To determine your eligibility please visit: https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/rural-health?tab=StateCounty

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).

Don’t miss the opportunity to complete these FREE trainings. Please contact Crystal Blakley at 501-570-8056 with any questions.