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Police Pilot Projects to Improve Response to Sexual Violence

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Police Pilot Projects to Improve Response to Sexual Violence

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Following a call for applications to all police services in Ontario, including municipal and First Nation police services as well as the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Ontario has allocated a total of approximately $1.8 million over two years for the following projects:

Police service and project nameAllocation over two yearsProject Description
Barrie Police Service

Advocacy Centre of Barrie

$139,363Implement a child/youth focused sexual assault advocacy centre in Barrie to effectively coordinate responses to child sexual abuse cases. The centre will provide a single child/youth-friendly location for services that aims to reduce victim trauma. Services will be geared towards survivors aged 24 and under.

Brantford Police Service

Review and Respond: A Case Review Model and Training Pilot for Brantford Police Services to Improve Response to Survivors of Sexual Violence

$147,165This project will begin with case review of past sexual assault investigations. Based on the findings, training for police will be developed on best practices.
Kingston Police

Police Enhanced Response to Survivor-Oriented Needs (PERSON)

 

$108,381Provide a comprehensive survivor-centric police response. This will include new trauma-informed interview techniques, enhanced training for officers, a more victim-friendly environment/space for interviews, and increased engagement with local youth.
OPP - Central Region

Simcoe/Muskoka Sexual Assault Community Response Partnership

$150,000Establish a sexual assault safe centre to improve victims' experiences. The centre will have a multi-disciplinary team made up of professionals from medical, police and support services to better support victims. Examinations and interviews will take place with a victim advocate in a secure, private and comfortable location.

OPP - Essex County

Project Believe-Empower-Support-Together (B.E.S.T.)

$108,879Project B.E.S.T. will establish a youth committee and a committee comprised of police, organizations that provide treatment and support to survivors of sexual violence, and the children's aid society. These committees will advise police on how to improve training and police responses to sexual violence cases, leading to the development of new training.
In addition, officers will work with the local high schools to educate, share resources and develop new strategies to engage youth.

OPP - Kirkland Lake

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System for Victim/Interview Room

$89,000Provide a private and secure environment for victim interviews outside the detachment, and establish the use of CCTV to allow survivors of sexual violence to provide court testimony outside of the courtroom.
OPP - Northwest Region

Collaborative Approach Towards Improving Police Response to Sexual Violence

$121,530Pilot an expert sexual violence review committee to review and oversee sexual assault complaints, including assessment of cases that did not result in convictions and gap analysis, with a goal of mitigating potential re-traumatization as the victim navigates the justice system in future cases.

OPP - Temiskaming Shores

Off-Site Sexual Violence Interview Room

$64,000Provide a private and secure environment for victim interviews outside the detachment, and establish the use of CCTV to reduce trauma for victims of sexual violence during their court testimony.
OPP - Upper Ottawa Valley (Petawawa)

Making a Difference When It Really Matters: Best Practices for Supporting an Effective Response

$128,761Strengthen relationships between police and local partners that provide services and supports to survivors to ensure coordinated, wraparound response efforts. The activities related to this project place an emphasis on a victim/survivor centred approach, including additional financial assistance for survivor support services, community partnership training and increased public awareness pertaining to sexual violence and harassment.

Peterborough Police Service

Enhancing the Collaborative Response to Sexual Assault andHarassment in Peterborough Training Project

$106, 850This collaborative, multi-sector approach for training aims to improve survivor interactions and experiences with both police and other service providers they encounter as part of a seamless continuum of care. It will involve intensive, evidence-based training for police that will be made available digitally.
Peterborough Police Service

Enhancing the Collaborative Response to Sexual Assault and Harassment in Peterborough Video Project

$99,645This project will produce an online video resource that will provide survivors with comprehensive information and insights into the system of services, people and roles they may encounter while navigating the justice and support system related to sexual violence and harassment. This aims to improve survivor experiences by empowering them with information about what services are available and what they can expect throughout the process.

Toronto Police Service

Save & Assist Victims with Education (S.A.V.E.) Program

$150,000This project will also offer comprehensive training for police, with a focus on how to support survivors of sexual violence, will aim to enhance safety and improve survivor experiences and police interactions during human trafficking investigations.

Toronto Police Service

Project Guide

$98,000This is a public outreach and education project that will leverage the Toronto Police Service's "Guide for Survivors of Sexual Assault" and make enhancements to allow greater reach within the community.   This will involve guide re-visioning and design, a media campaign/product launch, community exposure, and an evaluation component to measure its effectiveness.

Treaty Three Police Service

Support our Survivors (S.O.S.) - Treaty Three Police Service - Sexual Violence Victim Services

$150,000S.O.S. will provide local, culturally supportive programming and support mechanisms to help Indigenous survivors and their families facing trauma and assist with their healing journey. A coordinator will serve as a central point of contact for survivors, supporting their safety and well-being by connecting them to services and guiding them through the complexities of the justice system, while also helping police maintain positive relationships with survivors.

Windsor Police Service

Supporting Police Response to Sexual Violence & Harassment

$133,649A new online tool will allow complainants to make a report online in their own privacy and at a time of their choosing, reducing barriers to reporting to police. If victims indicate they do not want police involvement, resource materials and counseling services will be made available. Additionally, they will be given the option of speaking to an experienced investigator and, if they choose, keeping their identity unknown through online communication.

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