Winter 2009 Newsletter - Page 5

GTEAP presents domestic violence training for law enforcement officers

What is GTEAP?
In 2006, the Office of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius was awarded a federal Grant to Encourage Arrest and Enforcement of Protection Orders (GTEAP). The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, and other ally organizations participate in the GTEAP grant initiatives.

The Kansas GTEAP project
The goal of the Kansas Grant to Encourage Arrest and Enforcement of Protection Orders (GTEAP) project is to develop policies, protocols, best practices, and training curricula for all professions within the criminal justice system, so that all professions can provide a consistent response to victims of domestic violence.

In an effort to develop relevant policies and training curriculum for law enforcement officers, a law enforcement subcommittee, which included KCSDV project staff, developed a domestic violence training curriculum.

The Law Enforcement Curriculum
The Law Enforcement Curriculum includes the following topics:

  1. An overview of domestic violence
  2. On-scene arrival
  3. The arrest decision
  4. The investigation
  5. Advocacy
  6. Protection orders
  7. Immigration
  8. Rural and cultural considerations
  9. Legal and liability issues
  10. Strangulation
  11. Stalking
  12. Children and domestic violence

This completed curriculum was approved by the Governor's Advisory Council on Domestic Violence Training and the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice in July 2008.

The Training Teams
Teams of three or four trainers, which include law enforcement officers and advocates, are covering each of the four geographic regions in Kansas. In September 2008, all of the regional training teams participated in a three-day "train the trainer" event, which provided detailed information about the curriculum. Each regional training team will schedule at least one training event in their geographic region before June 30, 2009.

Find out more about these training events on the KCSDV website at www.kcsdv.org, the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center website at www.kletc.org, or by calling Sara Rust-Martin, KCSDV criminal justice projects attorney at (785) 232-9784.

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