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 registered students. Students are responsible for all travel expenses.
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 Criminal Investigations and Course #3280. Prosecutors must submit their training hours to the State Bar.
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 registration for the training.
If I do not meet the criteria can I still Register?
All interested students 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 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, an agency or organization may donate food and beverage items to the program at no cost but it’s not always the case. Therefore, when food and beverage items are donated at no cost to the program it is at the discretion of the donor and the program has no control on what items are provided.
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 registered for a training why do I have to wait for a confirmation?
Each training is limited in size and to be fair we must be able to accommodate a set number of students from the hosting agency before confirming registrants from other agencies.
How many students from an agency can attend a training?
If an agency is hosting a training they will receive a set number of seats for their agency to attend the training. All other open seats will be limited to one or two attendees from surrounding agencies. In the event the training has reached its full capacity the program will have a stand-by list for cancellations for any open seats and hotel reimbursement stipends (if available).
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 a student must cancel their attendance to a training event they can send another representative from their agency. The only requirement is a student 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 studnets. The rules and conditions of the Statewide Strangulation Training/ SST Program to attend training is a student cannot miss a portion of a training to receive credit. Therefore, if a student must miss the training for any reason it would be in the best interest of the training that the student vacate their seat to someone on the waiting list or someone in their agency. Vacating a seat to a training event will not exclude a student from future trainings.