Commitment to Sexual Assault Victims

  • Complete: Ongoing dialogue with survivors and community partners, including #MeTooSpringfield
  • Complete: Adding additional members to Chief's Community Advisory Group (i.e. #MeTooSpringfield, Mayor's Commission on Human Rights)
  • Complete: Policy and practice review
  • Complete: Create and implement stand alone SPD Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG) for sexual assault investigations.
  • Complete: Continuously review and improve policies/practices by exploring:
    • Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI)
      • Complete three-step training program to receive trauma-informed certification (two investigators)
        • Complete: Step One - Introduction to Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (completed August 2019)
        • Complete: Step Two - Practical Application of the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (completed August 2019)
        • Complete: Blue Interview Evaluations and Basic Certifications Exam
      • CompleteExpand training to all violent crimes detectives
      • Complete: Host training at SPD facility and offer to departments regionally
    • You Have Options Program (YHOP)
  • CompleteTraining in reference to trauma informed investigations (IACP or similar)
    • Complete: Train four investigators
    • CompleteMake available to all sworn personnel
  • Complete: Enhanced website
  • Complete: Further alignment with the Greene County Family Justice Center
    • Full staffing of the domestic violence unit achieved in November 2019
  • Complete: Explore adding victim's advocate(s)
    • Violence Against Women Grant submitted in June 2019 for two
  • Complete: Discontinue use of "Intent to Prosecute" form for violent crimes
  • Complete: Update "Victim Notification Letter" to reflect trauma-informed practices
  • Complete: Missouri Attorney General's Task Force Sexual Kits Working Group (Chief Paul Williams is a member)
    • Complete: State-wide inventory of backlogged sexual assault kits
    • CompleteSub-committee to develop tracking system (Chief Williams serves on sub-committee)
    • Complete: Sub-committee to prioritize testing and seek additional funding (Chief Williams serves on sub-committee)
  • Complete: Waive report fee for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence