Violence Against Women  and Policing 

Conference: 2016 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Engaging Men & Boys.
Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Time: 8:30a.m
Title: Plenary I: Leadership & Liability Lessons  Learned: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking 


Speakers: (Retired Police Officers)

1. Mark Wynn (Lieutenant [Ret.], Nashville Police Department, Nashville, TN)

 2. Tom Tremblay, (Chief [Ret.], Burlington Police Department, Burlington, VT)

1. POLICY :  Evaluation of Policy around domestic violence, ensure policies encourage a course of conduct.
2. TRAINING: Develop a training curriculum which evolved every aspect of policing and carefully document the curriculum and training of all officers. Assess the training by testing officers, by monitoring the in-the-field performance and evaluation. 
3. ADMINISTRATION/SUPERVISION: Are we treating VAW crimes like all other crimes? Explore department climate and culture. Hiring & promotional screening and background for IPV, sexual violence and gender bias. Is policy and practice the same thing in VAW response? First-line supervision and oversight of supervisors. Monitor policy compliance. 

1. Public Trust: do officers know the expectations. 

2. Build a strong data collection and Analysis system which includes VAW crimes. 

3. Documents and analyse the cases reported. 

1. Know the laws

2. Review legislation: watch for changes in the law. 

3. National best practices: DOJ- 8 principles to prevent gender bias in policing.

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