Forging New Trails

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 13, 2023

Liz Donegan
Elizabeth Donegan
Senior Sergeant, Austin Police Department (Ret.), Director, EVAWI
Rich Mankewich
Richard Mankewich
Sergeant, Orange County Sheriff’s Office (Ret.)

The most challenging offense to investigate in law enforcement is sexual assault. The crime is fraught with myths, misconceptions, misperceptions, and misunderstandings. However, one person can make a difference: the Sex Crimes Supervisor.

Leading a sex crimes unit requires a deep understanding of the intricacies of the offense, a passion for the work, and, most importantly, the ability to train and lead your investigators towards an approach that is victim-centered, offender-focused, and trauma-informed. Learning and implementing best practices in sexual assault investigations can help you ensure a more effective response by holding perpetrators accountable for their crimes and providing better service to victims.


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

  • Identify strategies to recruit and retain the best investigators.
  • Create polices to review and appropriately clear cases.
  • Develop a process to mentor and coach investigators to better understand the impact of trauma on sexual assault victims and how to incorporate best practices into their investigations.
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