Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE)
National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE)
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
Hispanic America Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)
National Asian Peace Officers’ Association (NAPOA)
Joint Statement of Support for
Department of Justice Guidance on “Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in
Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence”
The above organizations support the Department of Justice’s recently published “Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-issues-guidance-identifying-and-preventing-gender-bias-law-enforcement . These guidelines will greatly assist state and local law enforcement agencies across the country implement clear policies, comprehensive training, and effective supervision measures to further protect victims of sexual assault and domestic violence by ensuring explicit or implicit gender bias does not undermine law enforcement efforts to keep these victims safe and hold the offenders accountable. This DOJ guidance highlights victim-centered and trauma-informed approaches that will also help agencies create culture change and build trust within the communities they protect.
Sexual assault and domestic violence have wide-ranging, lingering effects on the victims their families and the community, requiring that we develop effective reforms through communicating, collaborating and coordinating with our fellow law enforcement agencies, our victim advocates, and our communities at large to address the crimes that primarily impact women in the United States.
We remain steadfast in our commitment/partnership/support to any and all efforts that further the rights/support of the victims of these heinous crimes, particularly women. The guidance will greatly assist our efforts to institutionalizing the bias free response of law enforcement, which will only strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the communities we serve.