Arrests Don’t Always Occur- Victim Centered Principles when Conducting a Criminal Investigation

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 11, 2023

Matthew Stegner
Matthew Stegner
Senior Investigator, New York State Police

As the country continues to search for a criminal justice model that utilizes more principles of procedural justice, this presentation will offer ways for law enforcement professionals to implement these principles now. Procedural justice speaks to the idea of fair processes, and how people’s perception of fairness is strongly impacted by the quality of their experiences and not just the end result of these experiences. A neutral, trauma-informed interview is only one part of how law enforcement can better support survivors of gender-based violence within the criminal justice process. A wrap-around “complete case” does not always result in an arrest but should always focus on doing the very best law enforcement can do to best serve the survivor. The warrior versus guardian policing methods have been researched and argued for years. This presentation will posit that both should occur simultaneously. Just like a great surgeon who has an excellent bedside manner, a law enforcement professional can be kind and compassionate while being highly skilled at building fact-based criminal cases. The narrative that this is a “touchy-feely” or somehow biased policing is a fallacy.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify the principles of procedural justice and create policies that improve a survivor’s experience. 
  • Integrate practices that provide survivors with the kind of quality, highly skilled, and compassionate criminal investigation they deserve. 
  • Differentiate between warrior policing and guardian policing, and how they should occur simultaneously. 
  • Recognize that survivors are trusting you with perhaps the worst event that has ever happened in their life.

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