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How Law Enforcement Leaders Can Build a Trauma Informed Response Culture at Their Agency

August 26, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


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Presented by Captain Michael Schentrup
and Lieutenant Robert Fanelli
Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
10:00 AM PT/11:00 AM MT/12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET



This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long.

Course Description

Progressive law enforcement agencies are changing the way they investigate sexual assault. Based on neuroscience research into trauma’s effect on the brain, police organizations have begun to adapt their perspectives on rape victims’ behavior and memory following an attack. Are these same agencies ensuring their policies and procedures maintain these changes? Are police executives committed to transforming the culture of their agency? Has the overall culture changed, or will gender biases creep back in, negating the progress they have made? Are the positive changes sustainable?


Our police organization adapted trauma-informed practices in 2016. We have been committed to these improvements; however, from top to bottom, we consistently see the “old ways of thinking” and gender bias try to reinsert themselves. This webinar will provide concrete answers to these questions and describe initiatives we have used to sustain our progress. It takes a continuous commitment to change.


As a result of this session, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize the importance of a change champion.
  • Describe why your agency’s patrol response may define the rest of the survivor’s experience.
  • Describe the role of middle management in carrying out and reinforcing changes.
  • Explain how your agency’s message to the community can affect the trust you are trying to build.



Captain Michael SchentrupCaptain Michael Schentrup
Patrol Support Commander, Gainesville Police Department, Gainesville, FL, Cadre of Experts, EVAWI

Captain Mike Schentrup is a Bureau Commander, for the Gainesville Police Department, where he has worked for the last 23 years. Most of his career has been spent in investigative units, including major case detective, gang, and burglary unit sergeant, and ultimately the division commander for detectives. Captain Schentrup has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in sociology, with an emphasis on criminal justice and has attended both the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police and IACP’s Leadership in Police Organizations course. He has two published articles on sexual violence response, including “The Transformation of a Major Case Detective” (American Police Beat, 2017) and “How to Sustain Sexual Assault Investigation Changes” (LawOfficer Online, 2018). He presented at the 2018 End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) conference and the 2019 ICESA Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Conference in Indiana.

Captain Schentrup has taught for ten years in various investigative fields. He is the owner/lead trainer of Advanced Police Concepts, LLC (APC), and in 2020, he started the APC Online Academy. He is also a master law enforcement instructor for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) and a member of its statewide policy group. In 2019, Captain Schentrup was invited to join EVAWI’s Cadre of Experts.


Lieutenant Robert FanelliLieutenant Robert Fanelli
Criminal Investigations Commander, Gainesville Police Department Gainesville, FL

Lieutenant Rob Fanelli is the Criminal Investigations Division Commander at the Gainesville Police Department. He oversees Robbery/Homicide, Sexual Assault, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), Domestic Violence, and the Forensic Unit. His goal is to improve the profession of Law Enforcement by challenging ideas and misconceptions within the profession, sharing ideas, encouraging communication across agencies and disciplines, and passing knowledge on to a new generation of law enforcement officers.

Lt. Fanelli has experience in several different areas including policy writing and compliance, investigations, street crime units, and administration. In 2006 he was awarded Officer of the Year. From 2007-2009, he wrote or updated 153 department policies, and subsequently, the Gainesville Police Department was awarded 100% approval for accreditation through the Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation agency. From 2013-2017, he worked on a newly formed street crime burglary unit, which became a model for other agencies.

Lieutenant Fanelli has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in criminology and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University. He is a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Leadership Academy. He is currently an instructor with Advanced Police Concepts and at the Institute of Public Safety where he combines his knowledge of legal guidelines, department procedures, investigations, and patrol response to teach Field Training Officers Courses and Advanced Investigations. He is also a certified instructor with the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2018-TA-AX-K032 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


August 26, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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