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Diegnan Bill Establishing Mandatory Sexual Assault Training Program for Police Officers Signed Into Law

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Sexual Assault Training for Law Enforcement Officers now mandatory in New Jersey. Credits: landalenews.com
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Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan to ensure that police officers are trained in how to handle sexual assault cases was signed into law by the Governor.

The bill, S-1739, establishes mandatory sexual assault training for law enforcement officers. Under this new law, the Division of Criminal Justice shall develop a training course and curriculum for law enforcement officers on the handling, investigation, and response procedures for reports of sexual assault.

“Sexual assault is an unimaginable, traumatic event for the victim,” said Senator Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “These are sensitive matters and we need to give the police the necessary resources on how best to respond to and handle these cases; this bill provides for that with ongoing training to improve the ability of officers to respond effectively to these crimes.”

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All law enforcement officers will be required to attend this training every two years. The training course and curriculum developed shall be reviewed at least every two years by the Division of Criminal Justice and modified as needed. The Division of Criminal Justice will make the curriculum available to all law enforcement agencies and the Attorney General will be responsible for ensuring that all law enforcement officers complete the training.

According to the 2015 Uniform Crime Report, there was a 40% increase in reported rapes in New Jersey. According to the New Jersey State Police, in 2015, a rape occurred every 6 hours and 26 minutes. There were over 1,362 reported rapes in New Jersey in 2015, a 43% increase from the 950 reported in 2014.

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