In 2016, we took the first step towards establishing a sustainable annual training model on gender-based violence for university law enforcement officers. This work was made possible through our campus grant from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Two officers were sponsored to attend a trainer development program on sexual and gender based violence presented by the East Central University STTAABLE Campus Program and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. This training focused on strengthening presentation skills, incorporating experiential learning into instruction, developing training lesson plans and content, and troubleshooting problems in the training environment while education law enforcement about crimes of violence against women on campus.
The trained officers developed a 5-hour training curriculum on sexual and gender-based violence. This interactive training included collaboration with Iowa City Police and the UI Threat Assessment Team to provide additional material on dating/domestic violence and stalking. All University of Iowa police officers attended the training in December, 2016. 96% rated training as good or excellent. 100% thought the presenters did a good or excellent job of covering useful material. 100% thought the presenters did a good or excellent job of presenting material that was practical to the needs and interests of the participants. A commitment has been made to continue to offer this training on a regular basis to all new University of Iowa officers.