Investigating Sexual Assault two (2) day sixteen (16) hour comprehensive course offered for all responders of sexual assault including law enforcement, advocates, prosecutors, medical professionals, and first responders. Currently, officers may receive POST credits, prosecutors may receive CLE credits, and first responders may receive additional credits.
To view upcoming Investigating Sexual Assault training hosted by the Montana Department of Justice, please click the following link: the Montana Law Enforcement Academy’s Professional Programs Schedule.
Due to COVID-19, all field trainings are suspended until further notice.
Sexual crimes are complicated and usually involve a team of professionals. To effectively and appropriately respond to victims of sexual assault, it is important to have the training and foundation to be confident in the response. Your training may consist of survivor-centered best practices and a trauma-informed approach. In addition, responders of sexual crimes need to be aware of the importance of teamwork. A multidisciplinary team may significantly increase the effectiveness of the overall response to the victim and public safety. Furthermore, the best practice guidelines all contain common threads to be considered when updating policy that increases the effectiveness in response to sexual assault. Guidelines of best practices contain—but are not limited to—the following: survivor-first methods, trauma-informed care, multidisciplinary actions and procedures, well-trained and/or staff specifically hired to deal with sexual assault, continuing education of rape myths and sexual trauma, and access to sexual assault specific resources to all staff, responding officers, survivors, and advocates. (PERF, 2018; IACP, 2015; WHO, 2013).