What is the Statewide Strangulation Training Program?
The Statewide Strangulation Training Program is a new program that offers free training for law enforcement officers and prosecutors across the state of Texas. The main purpose of the training is to educate law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the dynamics of the crime of strangulation.
Is the SST Program part of the VAWT Program?
The SST Program was created by the Statewide Law Enforcement on Violence Against Women Training Program in 2017 and are both funded by the Criminal Justice Department of the Texas Governor’s Office. Both programs run independently of each other but work together to achieve the same common goal of combating violence against women.
What types of training does the Statewide Strangulation Training/SST Program offer?
The SST Program offers training to both law enforcement and prosecutors on how to effectively investigate and prosecute strangulation crimes.
What is the criterion to attend a training provided by the Statewide Strangulation Training/SST Program?
The training is open to Licensed Texas Peace Officers and Prosecutors employed by an agency in a full-time capacity.
What are the fees associated with attending a Statewide Strangulation Training/SST Program?
The cost of any training is provided free* of charge to selected attendees. Attendees are responsible for travel fees (driving to and from conference location, parking, etc.), meals while attending the training, and any shoulder dates prior to/after the training. Attendees will also be responsible for any No Show hotel charges.
Will I get TCOLE Credit for attending a training provided by the Statewide Strangulation Training/SST Program?
Each student will receive 8 hours course credit after the training roster has been verified and student data entry has been completed. Partial credit will not be given if a student fails to complete the training. Credit for law enforcement will be listed under Law Seminar and Course #3196. Prosecutors will receive credit for this course as well.
Can I use the training as a substitute for any of the SAFVIC Courses (24 hr. SAFVIC, SAFVIC for TCP’s, and SAFVIC-Human Trafficking)?
The training provided by the Statewide Strangulation Training/SST Program cannot be substituted for any SAFVIC Course.
Will the training make me eligible for the TCOLE Special Investigator Proficiency Certificate?
The training provided by the Statewide Strangulation Training/SST Program is not eligible for the TCOLE Special Investigator Proficiency Certificate or any other certification.
Why must I Wait To Get Confirmation if the training is free?
Each training is limited in size and to establish a rule of fairness for all interested parties the program staff will contact you to confirm your attendance to the training.
If I do not meet the criteria can I still Register?
All interested applicants must be a licensed peace officer or a prosecutor and must be employed by an agency/department in a full-time capacity. Reserved officers, administrative assistants, victim service providers, etc. are ineligible to attend.
Why is the class located so far from tourist attractions (i.e. Riverwalk, amusement parks, beach, etc.)?
The Statewide Strangulation Training/ SST Program Staff strives to secure a location that is accessible and attractive to everyone. One of the conditions of the grant guidelines is to secure a hotel that does not exceed the required nightly government rate for a particular area. Therefore, securing a hotel within the governmental rate is not always an option for hotels located near popular attractions.
Why doesn’t the program provide food and beverages for meals and breaks during the training?
The Statewide Strangulation Training/ SST Program is grant funded through the Criminal Justice Department of the Texas Governor’s Office from The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) in Washington D.C., which sets the guidelines for grant participants. One of the conditions of the grant guidelines is funds must not be used for food and beverage items. In some cases, a hotel may provide food and beverage items to the program at no cost but it’s not always the case. Therefore, when food and beverage items are provided at no cost to the program it is at the discretion of the hotel and the program has no control on what items are served.
What is the dress code for attending the training(s)?
In order to maintain a professional decorum for students, instructor, and staff the dress code for any training event is business casual- dark denim jeans/slacks, collared shirts, polo style shirts or buttoned down shirts, and closed-toe shoes for both men and women.
T-SHIRTS, FLIP-FLOPS/SANDALS, and TORN or RIPPED JEANS are not considered business casual
I have been selected to attend a training why do I have to register if I REceived a Confirmation?
The purpose of registration is needed for attendees to choose room selection (King/Double), enter arrival/departure day, entry of correct information for submission of hours, and attendance.
I have been selected to attend the training but I may have to cancel. Can I send someone from my agency in my place?
Yes. Anytime an attendee must cancel their attendance to a training event they can send another representative from their agency. The only requirement is an attendee must contact the Program Services Specialist with directions and information for and about the replacement.
I have been selected to attend a training but must testify in court on Monday afternoon and must leave early. Will I still get credit?
The Statewide Strangulation Training/ SST Program understands the civil commitments of its conference attendees. The rules and conditions of the Statewide Strangulation Training/ SST Program to attend training is that an attendee cannot miss a portion of a training to receive credit. Therefore, if you must miss the training for any reason it would be in the best interest of the training that you vacate your seat to someone on the waiting list or someone in your agency. Vacating your seat to a training event will not exclude you from future trainings.