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 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.
The foundations curriculum 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.
The executive 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 and community response teams 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: Medical Forensic Examination, Alcohol/Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault, Victim Interview, Suspect Interview and Interrogation, and Sexual Assault Report Writing.
Foundations of Sexual Assault Investigation for the Rural Officer Online is a prerequisite for Sexual Assault for the Rural Investigator Online and Sexual Assault Investigation for the Rural Executive Online.
Topics in all of the curricula are developed by experts in their particular field.
The online training courses include audio narration, videos, photographs and other materials that will actively engage participation. Scenarios within the course will provide problem-solving activities to reinforce training content. To register, click on one of the following courses.
Please contact Crystal Blakley by email or by phone at 501-570-8056 if you have any questions.