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To support NYSDOCCS PREA Zero Tolerance Initiatives through expanded sex offense investigative training and techniques. To pilot trainings to encourage staff/ inmates to report sexual abuse incidents.

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $250,000)

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) maintains a zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and unauthorized relationships. To that end, DOCCS continues to consistently reevaluate and reimagine its approach to prevent, detect, and respond to these serious threats to safety and security. Unauthorized relationships are one of the single greatest risks to facility operations, the safety of those entrusted to our care and custody, and to the dedicated staff members that work within our facilities and in our community supervision offices. Therefore, the goal of this project is to produce a climate where staff and inmates know when and how to report incidents of sexual abuse and sexual harassment, will feel comfortable doing so, and will know that their complaints are being reviewed and handled in a timely, sensitive and
professional manner. The agency will meet this goal through several project initiatives, including Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI) Training; Enhanced Supervisory
Response Training for all Sergeants, Lieutenants, Senior Parole Officers, and Bureau Chiefs to receive additional instruction on the proper response to sexual abuse, sexual harassment and unauthorized relationships; and other trainings to enhance collaboration between staff.

Date Created: December 3, 2021