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CJI's Sexual Assault Investigation Trainings Highlighted by the COPS Office


The Criminal Justice Institute's Sexual Assault Investigation Courses are featured in the April issue of the Community Policing Dispatch Update. The Community Policing Dispatch is the e-newsletter of the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office. It aims to educate readers about a variety of criminal justice issues that affect the implementation of community policing and to assist law enforcement practitioners in more effectively addressing crime and social disorder in their communities.

The article has been released during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year, SAAM is celebrating its 17th anniversary with the theme “Embrace Your Voice” to inform individuals on how they can use their words to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual violence before it happens. Additional resources and information about SAAM can be found on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center website: www.nsvrc.org

The Sexual Assault Training for Rural Law Enforcement Project is funded by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), U. S. Department of Justice (USDOJ). Through this project, CJI offers no-cost online sexual assault curricula to law enforcement executives and investigators in eligible rural areas nationwide. This program is victim-centered and ensures sexual assault training is accessible regardless of manpower or budget limitations. Both curricula include scenarios to enhance information provided as well as videos and audio narration. Monthly courses are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for a specified period of time. 

These online courses are designed to enable rural executives and investigators to better understand the impact of trauma upon sexual assault victims as well as apprehend the offender. These curricula promote a team approach in responding to sexual assaults which prioritizes the safety and well-being of the victim beginning with the first responding officer. Topics in both curricula were developed by experts in their particular field focusing on the rural officer.