Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project
The Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project is a collaboration between FCASV and the criminal justice community and funded by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The Project offers free training, policy development consultation and technical assistance to law enforcement organizations and state attorneys’ offices on responding to sex crimes against victims 12 years old and above.
FCASV kicked off the Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project with a meeting in Tallahassee at the Florida Police Chiefs Association on October 2, 2015. Law enforcement, assistant state attorneys, dispatchers, and advocates gathered to identify strengths and challenges to providing a trauma informed approach to victims of sexual violence. FCASV, along with a team of experienced criminal justice system representatives, will be providing learning opportunities and performance supports for individuals responding to reports of sexual violence. This can include: law enforcement leadership and command staff, dispatchers, patrol officers, detectives, and prosecutors.
Through a competitive application process, four sites were selected to participate in the project and receive the trauma informed sexual assault response training listed above. These courses will be delivered to the following project winners:
- Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville Police Department (Alachua County),
- Punta Gorda Police Department (Charlotte County),
- Dixie County Sheriff’s Office and Cross City Police Department (Dixie County), and
- Clearwater Police Department and University of South Florida St. Petersburg Police Department (Pinellas County).
In May 2016, FCASV staff and lead trainer Sgt. Rich Mankewich of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office spent two days in Charlotte County and another two in Dixie County with the law enforcement agencies, certified sexual assault programs, state attorneys’ offices and hospitals to map out the current response to sexual assault and assess training needs for the project rollout. Pinellas County and Alachua County visits took place in July.
The trainings, which started late summer 2016, also include train-the-trainer courses. Each agency designates their own in-house instructors who will be certified to teach the trauma informed response curriculum to their remaining staff and new hires, thus ensuring ongoing application of the new practices.
For more information on the Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project, contact Jim Jolley at firstname.lastname@example.org