The request for proposal (RFP) has been released for the 2017-2018 Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project (ESARP). The project is a collaboration between the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence and the criminal justice community, funded by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. ESARP offers free training, policy development consultation and technical assistance to law enforcement organizations and state attorneys’ offices on responding to sex crimes against victims 11 years old and above.
The Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project employs a trauma informed, offender-focused approach that incorporates the most up-to-date sexual assault investigative and prosecutorial strategies. Using new research on the neurobiological effects of trauma, ESARP teaches the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview, or FETI, technique, redefining the way law enforcement interviews and gathers information from victims.
The ESARP model involves training key professionals across the criminal justice system: dispatchers, patrol officers, detectives/investigators, leadership and command staff and prosecutors. Trainings are led by professional law enforcement, dispatch and prosecutor trainers experienced in using the ESARP techniques. This model leads to better evidence collection and corroboration which results in more successful criminal justice outcomes.
How to Apply?
Submit the following items described in the RFP by March 10, 2017:
- Cover/Signature sheet
o State Attorney
o Certified Sexual Assault Program Director
o Director of Dispatch Agency (if consolidated)
- Statement of the Problem
- Site Description
- Project Design and Implementation
- Plan for collecting required data
- Budget/Budget Narrative (if requesting funding—up to $15,000 available per site)