Addressing Law Enforcement-Perpetrated Violence
Developing policies addressing domestic and sexual violence committed by law enforcement officers and advocating on behalf of victims of this violence were the focus of three recent KCSDV trainings in October.
Diane Wetendorf, a consultant specializing in law enforcement-perpetrated domestic and sexual violence, provided trainings for both advocates and law enforcement. Wetendorf provides technical assistance to advocates and law enforcement agencies across the country, and is currently a consultant with the Battered Women's Justice Project in Minnesota.
"Those who are abused by police officers and people in positions of power come to us with special needs," said Sara Rustin-Martin, criminal justice projects attorney at KCSDV. "This training gave advocates the critical tools they need to help these victims."
Wetendorf also provided training for law enforcement department management and supervisory personnel at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson. It focused on a review of the International Chiefs of Police (IACP) model policy on police officer involved domestic violence. She offered law enforcement agencies the tools they need to evaluate and enforce a policy similar to that of the IACP.
Diane Wetendorf, Inc., 847-749-2560 and www.abuseofpower.info
Kansas Sex Offender Policy Board Final Report
The second and final report of the Kansas Sex Offender Policy Board was published in January and is now available online at www.governor.ks.gov/grants/kcjcc_sopb.htm.
The Governor and the 2006 Kansas Legislature established the Board under the supervision of the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (KCJCC). Senate Bill 506 established the Sex Offender Policy Board to consult and advise the KCJCC on issues and policies relating to the treatment, sentencing, rehabilitation, reintegration and supervision of sex offenders. The Board expires on June 30, 2008.
The final report addresses treatment and supervision standards for sex offenders, suitability of lifetime release supervision and safety education and prevention strategies for the public.