Training Program on Enhancing Rural Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women

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Training Program on Enhancing Rural Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women

The Training Program on Enhancing Rural Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women provides rural law enforcement and dispatch/communications professionals training and technical assistance to enhance their response to violence against women crimes, including domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and strangulation. 

There are numerous barriers and challenges that may impact the ability of law enforcement to effectively respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and strangulation in rural communities. Responding agencies may have limited personnel and resources and be required to patrol expansive geographic areas. Rural settings may inhibit law enforcement response time and the availability of and access to telephones and emergency services may be limited. Additionally, rural law enforcement agencies may find it difficult to remain up to date on changing and current promising practices because of limited access to training efforts and information. Due to these unique complexities, the Training Program on Enhancing Rural Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women aims to provide rural law enforcement the needed training to best respond to these crimes, identify effective methods and strategies to increase the safety of victims, officers, and communities, and hold offenders accountable.

The IACP, with the support of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) developed the Training Program on Enhancing Rural Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women. From 2019 to 2020, the IACP, with multidisciplinary subject matter experts, will conduct several two-day regional training events across the United States for rural law enforcement officers and dispatch/communications professionals as well as an advanced training for law enforcement academy trainers and police officer standards and training personnel who support rural areas. The training content provides information on...

  • Predominant aggressor determination
  • Enforcement of protective orders
  • Firearm seizures
  • The neurobiological impact of trauma
  • The influence of societal myths and stereotypes
  • Understanding perpetrator behavior, and
  • Conducting effective investigations, among other topics.

Training Objectives

At the completion of the two-day Training Program on Enhancing Rural Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women, law enforcement officers and dispatch/communications professionals are able to: 

  1. Illustrate the interconnected nature of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and strangulation
  2. Articulate common frustrations with responding to these crimes and how a thorough, comprehensive response can alleviate these challenges
  3. Identify promising practices to address the complexities of rural policing when responding to these crimes
  4. Present a range of tools and practices to strengthen efforts to address these crimes
  5. Explain how partnerships and collaborations can enhance and improve response to these crimes

Virtual Trainings

Officer and Victim Safety

     To access the recording here.

     To access the recording here.

Protection Order Enforcement

     To access the recording here.

     To access the recording here.

Future Training Events

POSTPONED!

Winona, Minnesota - New Dates To Be Determined Soon

Woods Cross, Utah - New Dates To Be Determined Soon

Nampa, Idaho - New Dates To Be Determined Soon

Upcoming Events Registration Coming Soon...

For more information on the training events or the initiative, please email stopviolence@theiacp.org

For more information on the training events or the initiative, contact Dave Thomas at Thomas@theIACP.org or (703)-647-6837

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