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Virginia Sheriffs' Institute
Supporting Virginia’s Sheriffs & Deputies

On March 20 – and again on March 21 – the New Kent Sheriff’s Office will host a free training, presented by Chief Thomas R. Tremblay (Ret.), a national/international advisor and trainer.
Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Response is approved for 7 hours credit by DCJS.

Arrival time is 7:45. Lunch will be provided.

Sexual assault is one of the most complex crimes in our society and the activism and outrage about sexual assault has never been higher. The complexities of these crimes requires us to think broadly and comprehensively – including examining the myths and biases, and the new “trauma informed” training. By understanding trauma, all those who work with victims can contribute to their immediate and long term recovery, and lay the foundation for mutual cooperation and respect on which a successful response, investigation, and prosecution is built.

The goal of this training is to ensure that individuals providing service to sexual assault victims recognize and understand victim trauma and utilize effective approaches to enhance interviews, investigations, and prosecutions for sexual assault crimes. Law Enforcement Officers, SART Members, Victim Witness Professionals, DSS Workers, Probation Officers, Crisis Counselors, and Community Based Advocates are encouraged to attend.

This exceptional opportunity is possible due to the support of New Kent/Charles City Victim Witness Program, New Kent Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia Victims Fund.


Register on-line to reserve a seat on the date of your choice. Law enforcement officers will receive priority seating if registered by February 15. After law enforcement seats are filled, all others will be processed on a first come – first served basis as space permits.

All registrations will be acknowledged by email within 3 business days and details will be provided upon confirmation. Need more info? Contact Allison Huppmann by email or phone (804-966-9558) for assistance.


SAVE THE DATE for more FREE training in New Kent – Registration open soon!


Apr 12                         DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INTENSIVE w/ Susan Guire, Senior Investigator
Gloucester Co. Sheriff’s Office


Apr 26 or May 24        STALKING, SEXTORTION, HUMAN TRAFFICKING w/Melissa McMenemy, Statewide Facilitator for Victims of Domestic Violence, OAG
Donna Mixner, Victim Specialist, FBI
Kathryn Weber, Special Agent, FBI
Johnny ‘Chip’ Lavender, Special Agent, FBI


May 10 or June 7        ANIMAL ABUSE, STRANGULATION w/Michelle Welch, Senior Asst Attorney General, OAG
Ashley Howdyshell, Forensic Nurse Examiner, St. Mary’s Hospital FNE Program