Free online course focuses on sexual assault investigations


MCPA - Rural law enforcement executives have the opportunity to have a significant influence on those they supervise and on their community’s attitude toward sexual assault. They are responsible for creating and maintaining an environment that supports a victim-centered response to sexual assault. With that in mind, the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Arkansas is offering a free online courses this summer aimed at enhancing the capability of rural law enforcement personnel to manage and investigate sexual assault cases in their community.

The class, Introduction to Sexual Assault Investigation for the Rural Executive, will be offered over the course of 18 hours. It is made possible by a federal law enforcement grant.  Topics include the dynamics of sexual assault, recognizing victim trauma, the benefits of a team approach to sexual assault investigation, creating a department sexual assault policy and procedure along with self-assessment tools, understanding the medical-forensic examination, alcohol/drug facilitated sexual assault, handling media relations, and developing sexual assault cases from the prosecutor’s perspective. Obstacles, resources and benefits to the department will also be explored.

To learn more and determine your eligibility, please visit this page at the Criminal Justice Institute in Arkansas.  The sessions are designed for rural law enforcement chiefs, sheriffs, and command staff.