Sexual Assault Policy Training in North Dakota

In mid-May, the IACP’s National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women, in collaboration with the North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services (CAWS), traveled to Dickinson, Stanley, and Minot, North Dakota to facilitate several multidisciplinary training events on sexual assault policy implementation and investigation.

IACP faculty Dan Clark (left) and Tom Tremblay (right) discuss the interconnected nature of violence against women crimes with training participants.

IACP faculty Dan Clark (left) and Tom Tremblay (right) discuss the interconnected nature of violence against women crimes with training participants.

The recent oil boom in North Dakota has dramatically increased the population of the communities in the northwest corner of the state. With this growth in population there has been an increase in calls to law enforcement for criminal activity in the region, including sexual assaults, motivating the state to implement comprehensive policies and additional training to most effectively assist their communities. Last year, the North Dakota Model Law Enforcement Sexual Assault Policy and investigations guide was created by organizations throughout the state in collaboration with national partners with support from the IACP and its Model Policy on Investigating Sexual Assault. Law enforcement agencies across North Dakota have begun to implement the policy, creating a need for additional training and support on investigating violence against women crimes.

Participants of the recent training events came from various backgrounds, including law enforcement, military, healthcare, advocacy, and other criminal justice partners. With support and grant funding from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, these interactive trainings examined the realities of sexual assault, the role of leadership in the response to sexual assault, effective policy development and implementation, the importance of prioritizing sexual assault investigations, and the need for community collaboration.

For more information on the IACP’s National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women, please contact Michael Rizzo, Project Manager, at Rizzo@theiacp.org or (703) 836-6767 ext. 818.

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