News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 8 a.m.
Domestic violence is a crime and a serious public health problem. Law enforcement is often on the front lines responding to these calls, and effective training is absolutely critical.
"These cases are complex and often extremely dangerous for everyone involved," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts, Vice President of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association.
"Domestic violence has serious physical and emotional impacts that can last a lifetime. It's important that law enforcement have access to the very best training available so that they can help victims and hold offenders accountable," said Roberts.
The Oregon State Sheriff's Association identified the need to have an effective statewide learning management system that would be accessible to all Oregon law enforcement agencies to provide education and training on important topics, including effective domestic violence investigations.
The Oregon State Sheriffs' Association and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, with assistance from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, has partnered with PowerDMS, law enforcement's leader in policy and training management technology, to electronically deliver dynamic, critical statewide training to OSSA members.
The training is disseminated through web-based software and is accessible while in the field via phone, tablet, or laptop.
The first training video package, produced by Spirit Media and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, provides top notch training on domestic violence.
The content includes information on response to domestic violence, restraining orders, strangulation, and officer-involved domestic violence.
"Domestic violence crosses all walks of life and impacts families and communities across our state," said John Bishop, Executive Director of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association. "It is vital law enforcement have access to this life saving training."
A domestic violence survivor bravely tells her story in the training videos, and speaks to the important role law enforcement plays in responding to cases involving family violence.
"With hundreds of reports of domestic violence each year in Clackamas County alone, the need for consistent law enforcement response is clear," said Melissa Erlbaum, Executive Director at Clackamas Women's Services. "Survivor-centered trainings like these are instrumental in changing the experience of those seeking help. This new statewide training on domestic violence is a crucial step in the right direction for Oregon."
The training videos will be available through the PowerDMS software. The electronic platform allows agencies to quickly share crucial information that end-users can access anywhere, anytime. Until now, some of this training may have only been available to larger agencies due to costs. PowerDMS allows all law enforcement agencies access to the same training, regardless of size or location, at an affordable cost.
"We have been researching learning systems to better share policies and training content, "said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "We needed a way to share critical information with law enforcement agencies statewide, I'm grateful PowerDMS designed this policy and training management software that will allow us to do that."
The partnership between the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association and PowerDMS is the first of its kind in the nation.
"We're proud to partner with the Oregon Sheriffs' Association to provide an efficient way for members to access crucial content," said Josh Brown, founder and CEO of PowerDMS. "We applaud them for being forward-thinking in adopting technology to simplify access, training, and accountability on life-saving training topics such as domestic violence.
VIDEOS and INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY:
- Angie Cain, domestic violence survivor (also available for media interviews)
- Lt. Angie Brandenburg, Director, A Safe Place Family Justice Center, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
- John Bishop, Executive Director, Oregon State Sheriffs' Association
- Sheriff Shane Nelson, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office