SEXUAL ASSAULT TRAUMA INFORMED INVESTIGATOR
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Sarah has been with the Peru Police Department since 2004 and currently holds the rank of Commander. She has completed the 40 hour Instructor Course at PTI in Control & Arrest Tactics and recently completed the Sexual Assault Investigator Instructor training. She has also received Instructor Approval from the Illinios Law Enforcement Training and Standard's Board to teach Sexual Assault Investigation for the Part-Time Basic Training Program.
Sarah has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Olivet Nazarene University and is currently working on her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin - Plattville.
Susan Bursztynsky - ADV/SAS
Susan is currently the Executive Director of ADV & SAS in Streator, Il which provides victim centered services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and community education.
For 12 years Susan was the Director of the 13th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council. She also has served as the President & CEO of the Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy & Child Development (formerly Easter Seals)
Susan received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1986 and was a Staff Attorney & Managing Attorney for Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. from 1987 - 1997.
In March 2018 Susan completed the Sexual Assault Investigator Train the Trainer program.
Member's Fee: $0
Non-Member & Civilian Fee: $0
SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATORS
The law requires investigators to receive specialized training on sexual assault and sexual abuse investigations by January 1, 2019. This mandate will be satisfied by attending a Board certified training offered through the MTUs beginning in 2018.
P.A. 99-0801 amended the Police Training Act and mandated training for all officers and investigators in trauma-informed responses to investigations of sexual assault and sexual abuse crimes.
This training in trauma-informed responses and investigations of sexual assault and sexual abuse, will include, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) recognizing the symptoms of trauma;
(2) understanding the role trauma has played in a victim's life;
(3) responding to the needs and concerns of a victim;
(4) delivering services in a compassionate, sensitive, and nonjudgmental manner;
(5) interviewing techniques in accordance with the curriculum standards in subsection (f) of this Section;
(6) understanding cultural perceptions and common myths of sexual assault and sexual abuse; and
(7) report writing techniques
The Sexual Assault Investigator training will include the following:
(1) Responding officer duties;
(2) Duties of officers investigating sexual assaults and sexual abuse;
(3) Supervisor duties;
(4) Report writing;
(5) Reporting methods;
(6) Victim interviews;
(7) Evidence collection;
(8) Sexual assault medical forensic examinations;
(9) Offender characteristics;
(10) Suspect interviews
(11) Suspect forensic exams;
(12) Witness interviews;
(13) Sexual assault response and resource teams, if applicable;
(14) Working with victim advocates;
(15) Working with prosecutors;
(16) Victims’ rights;
(17) Victim notification;
(18) Consideration for specific populations or communities;
(19) Applicable Illinois sexual assault/sexual abuse laws.
The Justice Gap: Why?
Trauma & Sexual Assault
- What is trauma
- Trauma & the brain
- Trauma & memory
- Long-term effects of sexual assault
- Mitigating trauma
- Sex Crimes
- Propensity of Evidence: Other Crimes
- Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act (SAIPA)
- Agency Services
- Understanding the Role of Advocates & Confidentiality
- Language Differences
Sexual Assault Victims and Hospitals
Morning Session: Cultural Considerations
- Vulnerable Populations
- Who are victims?
- Barriers to reporting
- Cycle of mistrust
- Beginning your investigation
- Preliminary interview
- Working with advocates
- Social Media
- Law enforcement guides
- Who are sex offenders?
- Serial sex offenders
- Other crimes
- Domestic Violence Act
- Report writing
- Capturing victim interview
- Capturing suspect interview
- False reports/unfounded cases
- Detecting deception
- Preparation/goal of interview
- Interview vs. interrogation
THIS COURSE MEETS THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED MANDATED TRAINING: Civil Rights, Constitutional & Proper Use of Law Enforcement Authority, Human Rights, Procedural Justice, Legal Updates, Sexual Assault Investigator Training, Sexual Assault First Responder Training.
MTU 5’s request for certification of this course has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standard’s Board.
Course enrollment must be made by the agency CEO or designated training officer. Registration may be made using our on-line course registration link on this website. All officers enrolled by their department will be assumed to be on duty unless otherwise noted
Mobile In-Service Training Region #5 –Assist Program
Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
Serving the Counties of: Bureau – La Salle – Marshall – Putnam - Stark