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Campus Police to host domestic violence
and sexual assault awareness training
Jan. 8, 2014
The Campus Police Department at the Community College of Rhode Island has announced a series of domestic violence and sexual assault awareness trainings to take place this month. A requirement for all members of the department as mandated by state law, the trainings are also open to all college faculty and staff members who wish to attend to learn more about these important issues, said Capt. Timothy Poulin.
Poulin said that each training will be approximately four hours long, including a question-and-answer session, and will be taught by accredited instructors on staff at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy. Poulin said that the training has also been opened up to officers from Bryant University and the University of Rhode Island. The instructors will cover topics such as incidence, dynamics, general laws and evidence collection in the case of sexual assault; dating and violence (80 percent to 90 percent of sexual assaults are considered by someone the victim knows, said Poulin quoting from the presentation); stalking; lethality and risk assessment as well as the resources available to officers, staff and faculty once a victim has approached them. Poulin added that because CCRI is an institution that receives federal funds, there will be a component of the presentations related to Title IX, which protects against sexual harassment and sexual discrimination.
“The continuing education about sexual assault and domestic violence is a high priority for law enforcement, especially for Campus Police. We have a large population of students on campus, and a large campus community, and these are real topics that – whether it be as law enforcement staff or administration professionals – we all need to be aware of to protect victims. And that’s largely done through education,” he said.
Poulin said the main goal of the presentations is to create awareness of the issue, much as the department did when it conducted its recent bomb threat safety trainings. If faculty and staff attend the trainings, Poulin said, they’d effectively become “another set of eyes, ears and resources for Campus Police and the college community as a whole in the event that they came into contact with a victim. This way, they’d be able to advise that victim properly.”
The trainings are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 9 in Room 1422 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln and Jan. 13 and 14 in Room 6404 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
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