Sexual Assault Investigator
Number: 719
MemberFee: No Fee
Contact: 309-268-8430 or mtu8training@heartland.edu

Trauma Informed, Victim Centered Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse training will provide new perspectives on understanding sex assault victims and will cover best practices for investigating sex crimes. Instruction will address trauma informed interviews, neurobiology and the brain, social and digital media, hospital protocols, false reporting, and other relevant topics. The course will be conducted by law enforcement, legal, and medical practitioners who are certified to deliver the curriculum.

This course meets mandated training requirements for all investigators who conduct sexual assault and abuse investigations as set forth in the Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act (Public Act 99-0801). The effective deadline for this training is January 1, 2019. The 16-hour program is specifically designed for investigators. Students must attend both days to receive a state certificate and meet the statutory mandate.

Topics include:
• Statistics and Common Myths
• Neurobiology and the Brain
• Report Writing
• Evidence Collection
• Role of the Rape Advocate
• Considerations at the Emergency Room
• Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act (SAIPA)
• Trauma Informed Interview of the Victim
• Interviewing the Offender
• Social and Digital Media
• Clearing Cases
• False Reporting
• Sex Crimes in Illinois

• Sergeant Jason Opiola, Crest Hill Police Department

• Sergeant John Arizzi, Lockport Police Department

• Cordelia Coppleson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Illinois Attorney General

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