Law Enforcement Trainings

Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project

  • The Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project (ESARP) trains dispatchers, patrol officers, investigators, and prosecutors on the science of trauma, the brain and body’s biological response to the trauma of sexual assault, and how it impacts victims’ reactions.
  • Based on this cutting-edge research, responders learn effective ways to engage with victims that maximizes the information and evidence gathered in order to hold offenders accountable for their crimes.
  • ESARP is a partnership between FCASV and the criminal justice community and funded by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
  • The project was developed with subject matter experts from across Florida and the nation to create an intensive curriculum incorporating the most up-to-date sexual assault investigative and prosecutorial strategies.
  • In addition to trainings, the project offers train-the-trainer events, policy development consultation, and technical assistance to law enforcement organizations and their state attorneys’ offices on responding to sex crimes against victims 11 years old and above.
  • Through a competitive application process, the following project winners were selected for the 2017-2018 grant period:
    • Ocala Police Department

    • Pasco County Sheriff’s Office

    • Putnam County Sheriff’s Office/Palatka Police Department

    • Volusia County Sheriff’s Office

For more information on the Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project, contact Jim Jolley at

Comments by ESARP 2016-2017 Site Leaders

“The serial nature of these crimes is far reaching. In an effort to honor victim/survivors and to seek a better way to serve, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) applied for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence’s Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project. As one of the sites chosen in 2016 in the state of Florida, ACSO has had the benefit of state of the art training across the agency from dispatch, to patrol, to detectives and command/leadership… I encourage my Florida colleagues in law enforcement to consider ESARP for your jurisdictions.” Sheriff Sadie Darnell, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Immediate Past President, Florida Sheriff’s Association

“I am very appreciative of the Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project for the exemplary training and policy support that has been provided to our university police department. The level of service our police officers can now provide to survivors has been greatly enhanced as a result of this project. The work of the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence is to be applauded in successfully bringing this project from concept to reality.” Chief David Hendry, University of South Florida St. Petersburg Police Department

“On a scale of 1 to 10, this project has been an 11 for us.” Lt. Michael Schentrup, Gainesville Police Department

“As a result of ESARP, there is a big improvement in the information law enforcement gets from victims, witnesses and defendants. It makes the case stronger.” Assistant State Attorney Joy L. Powell, 3rd Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office

“Sexual Assault investigations are a critical aspect of law enforcement, which always invite much scrutiny. Our agency views the FCASV Excellence in Sexual Assault Response Project as a unique way to enhance our service delivery to victims, conduct superior investigations, and provide needed skills and expertise to our personnel.” Major David H. Dalton, Clearwater Police Department