RTI Policing Symposium

Victim-Centered Responses: Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Community Surveys

February 23, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

Dreyfus Auditorium

RTI International’s Policing Research Program will host a symposium on “Victim-Centered Responses” to crime and feature a keynote address by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein. AG Stein is focused on protecting North Carolina families from crime. The symposium will include presentations on creating a multidisciplinary sexual assault response, the impact of human trafficking, and using community surveys to measure community well-being.

The North Carolina High Point Police Department will also present on their nationally recognized Domestic Violence Initiative. RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. RTI’s growing body of work in policing research encompasses the latest developments in the field.

The Symposium kicks off with a timely discussion panel, “Sexual Assault Response: Building Community Trust Through Multidisciplinary Partnerships,” moderated by Kevin Strom, PhD, RTI director, Policing Research Program, and includes Sgt. Jim Markey (Ret.), Phoenix Police Department, Dr. Patricia Melton, RTI Center for Forensic Science, Lt. John Somerindyke, Fayetteville Police Department, and Deanne Gerdes, Executive Director, Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County.

Additional presentations include:

  • “Human Trafficking: The Impact in North Carolina and Beyond” by Deborah Gibbs, RTI Violence & Victimization Program
  • “High Point Domestic Violence Initiative” by Captain Tim Ellenberger, NC High Point Police Department
  • “Community Surveys: Measuring Community Well-Being, Community-Police Relations, and Police Performance” by Dr. Mike Planty, RTI Center for Justice, Safety and Resilience