Questions & Answers
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Click here for the recording of the FCASV Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project (ESARP) webinar on February 20.
ESARP offers $15,000, free training, policy development consultation and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies and state attorneys’ offices on responding to sex crimes against victims 11 years and older. ESARP employs a trauma informed, offender-focused approach, using the most up-to-date sexual assault investigative and prosecutorial strategies. Based on new scientific research on the effects of trauma, ESARP teaches the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview, or FETI, technique, redefining the way law enforcement interviews and gathers information from victims. The application is due March 15, 2018.
Comments by ESARP 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 Site Leaders
“The serial nature of these crimes is far reaching. In an effort to honor victim/survivors and to seek a better way to serve, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) applied for the Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project. As one of the sites chosen in 2016 in the state of Florida, ACSO has had the benefit of state of the art training across the agency from dispatch, to patrol, to detectives and command/leadership. I encourage my Florida colleagues in law enforcement to consider ESARP for your jurisdictions.” Sheriff Sadie Darnell, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Past President (2015-2016), Florida Sheriff’s Association
“After a full year of implementation, things are going even better than we expected. Our reporting rate is up and our arrest rate is up. We’re taking predators off the street. I have seen a cultural shift in our agency.” Captain Michael Schentrup, Gainesville Police Department
“The training we’ve received from members of the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence is helping us respond to sex crimes in a way that is sensitive to the needs of survivors and effective in bringing their attackers to justice. These are difficult cases, and it takes a special type of person to work with these people through the worst days of their lives and make sure justice is served. It also takes the right training, and all the work FCASV has done for us in this area has made us better guardians of anyone who experiences any kind of sexual violence.” Sheriff Mike Chitwood, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
“Sexual Assault investigations are a critical aspect of law enforcement, which always invite much scrutiny. Our agency views the FCASV Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project as a unique way to enhance our service delivery to victims, conduct superior investigations, and provide needed skills and expertise to our personnel.” Major David H. Dalton, Clearwater Police Department
“The training allows deputies and detectives to gain invaluable insight of how trauma impacts victims. This knowledge enhances victim engagement and empowerment, and reveals critical details surrounding the incident to enhance the solvability and prosecution of each case.” Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco Sheriff’s Office
The ESARP model focuses on agency-wide training for dispatchers, patrol officers, detectives/investigators, and leadership and command staff as well as local prosecutors. Trainings are led by professional law enforcement, dispatch and prosecutor trainers experienced in using the ESARP techniques. This model leads to better evidence collection and corroboration which results in more successful criminal justice outcomes.
ESARP curriculum is delivered in the following lengths by profession:
- Dispatchers: 4 hours of training
- Patrol officers: 2 hours of training
- Detectives/Investigators: 16 hours of training
- Leadership and command staff: 4 hours of training
- Sex crimes prosecutors: 8 hours of training (recommended)