New Resource: Investigating Sexual Assault and Sex Related Crimes in Confinement Settings

The IACP is proud to release a new training video entitled Investigating Sexual Assault and Sex Related Crimes in Confinement Settings along with an accompanying resource guide. This video, made possible through the help and guidance of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the PREA Resource Center (PRC), is intended to serve as a roll call training video for investigators who are assigned to investigate reports of sexual abuse in a confinement facility. The video will also enhance law enforcement leaders’ understanding of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards and their implications for police lockups. The video details the issue of sexual abuse in confinement settings, the differences of investigating in the community versus the confinement area, barriers investigators may face during the criminal investigation, and keys to a successful investigation. Accompanying the video is a resource guide. The resource guide contains an overview of the PREA standards, additional training programs, additional sexual assault investigative training, and various other important resources. We encourage any investigators who may be assigned to investigate reports of sexual abuse in a confinement facility to review both the video and resource guide.

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