YOU HAVE OPTIONS PROGRAM
LAW ENFORCEMENT PORTAL
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
CAN MY AGENCY JOIN THE PROGRAM IF WE ARE NOT LAW ENFORCEMENT?
The You Have Options Program is only available to law enforcement agencies. However, elements of the program can easily be implemented in other areas and disciplines.
Effective execution of the You Have Options Program is best achieved through continuing communication and dialogue. A Program Administrator collaborates with the You Have Options Program Manager as necessary to facilitate effective implementation of the You Have Options Program within their agency.
Are the main contact for the You Have Options Program Director.
Are the main contact for Participating Agency personnel in regards to the You Have Options Program implementation and participation.
Oversee the Participating Law Enforcement Agency’s designated Trainer(s).
Oversee any materials, curriculums or other media created by the Participating Law Enforcement Agency that use You Have Options Program content or program materials in any way are consistent with the intent of the You Have Options Program as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding.
Oversee the collection and entry of data utilizing the You Have Options Program Data Collection Form for each report and/or investigation of sexual assault at the Participating Agency.
Coordinate the delivery of four quarterly reports of data from each report and/or investigation to the You Have Options Program Manager.
Attend a minimum of one You Have Options Program Introductory Session. No employee may be designated as a Program Administrator until this training has been completed.
Maintain the continuity and intent of the You Have Options Program.
WHAT DOES A YOU HAVE OPTIONS PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR DO?
Effective implementation of the You Have Options Program requires providing training to all department personnel on the roles and responsibilities of a Participating Law Enforcement Agency.
Provide training to all employees of the Participating Law Enforcement Agency on the You Have Options Program.
Oversee non victim-blaming education to community members within the agency’s jurisdiction.
Maintain the continuity and intent of the You Have Options Program in all presentations, instruction and assistance provided to Participating Agency personnel and any other audience.
Maintain the knowledge, skills and level of proficiency necessary to effectively educate Participating Agency personnel on the intent of the You Have Options Program.
WHAT DOES A YOU HAVE OPTIONS PROGRAM TRAINER DO?
The length of time between attending a Introductory Session and obtaining certification will be different for every participating jurisdiction. Only certified You Have Options Program Law Enforcement Agencies may obtain a listing on the national website. Completing department training of personnel is likely to be the largest variable as it will often take longer for a large agency to train all officers on the program. The Program Administrator(s) will coordinate with the You Have Options Program Director to determine when the participating agency is ready to be listed.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR AN AGENCY TO BE LISTED ON THE WEBSITE?
Participating You Have Options Program Law Enforcement Agencies believe in providing victims of sexual assault with as much control over their report and any subsequent criminal investigation as the law allows. In some circumstances agencies may be legally mandated to continue an investigation even when a victim does not want to participate. Statutory requirements and public records laws vary by state. Examples include investigations involving domestic violence, child abuse or where the reported victim is still in physical danger. University law enforcement agencies may also be limited in offering all of the 20 Elements due to Title IX requirements. Learn more about Title IX by visiting knowyourix.org.
The You Have Options Program Memorandum of Understanding outlines the Roles and Responsibilities of a You Have Options Program Law Enforcement Agency, specifically the 20 Elements of a Victim-Centered and Offender-Focused You Have Options Program Law Enforcement Response. The 20 Elements shall be offered to all victims who report sexual violence unless legally mandated otherwise or in other rare circumstances such as a significant threat to public safety.
WHEN ARE THE OPTIONS OF THE PROGRAM NOT OFFERED TO VICTIMS?
WHAT TRAINING IS REQUIRED FOR AN AGENCY TO BECOME CERTIFIED?
Participating agencies must send a Program Administrator and a Program Trainer to a You Have Options Program Introductory Session prior to signing the program Memorandum of Understanding required to obtain certification. Depending on the needs of the agency, more than one person may be sent as a Program Administrator and/or Trainer. To maintain certification, a Participating Law Enforcement Agency must have a Program Administrator and Trainer available to their personnel, so it is recommended the Participating Agency has more than one person assigned to these positions.
After attending the You Have Options Program training, Participating Agency Trainers will provide instruction to their agency personnel on the Roles and Responsibilities of a You Have Options Program Agency. The Participating Agency’s Program Administrator will coordinate with the You Have Options Program Manager to determine when the Participating Agency is ready to go “live” on www.ReportingOptions.org. It is important that all Participating Agency personnel receive adequate training on the You Have Options Program so victims of sexual assault are being provided accurate information when they report.
IS A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE INTRODUCTORY SESSION TRAINING WITH COMMUNITY-BASED ADVOCACY?
No, though it is encouraged. The only requirement for attending the training is a sworn law enforcement officer from the participating agency who is designated as a trainer and a member of the participating agency who has been designated as that agency’s Program Administrator.
CAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SHARE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS AND TRAINERS?
Each Participating Agency is required to have their own Program Administrator and Trainer. In circumstances, where due to an agency’s size, this requirement would prohibit participation in the program an exception may be allowed. Agencies are encouraged to contact the You Have Options Program Director for more information.
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This project was supported by grant VAWA-C-2013-JacksonCo.SART-00045 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this presentation are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state or the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.