Human trafficking is growing in Pennsylvania. To help combat this crime, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association is training officers with a new online course created in collaboration with JPL.
“Investigating Human Trafficking” includes four training modules: Defining Human Trafficking; Types of Human Trafficking and Indicators; Assessing the Crime Scene; and Communicating with the Victim and Available Resources.
According to a PA Joint State Government Commission Report, the two most common forms of human trafficking are sex trafficking and labor trafficking. The report says that Pennsylvania is a source, destination and pass-through state for trafficking people.
“The human trafficking course is a much-needed addition to our arsenal of online learning offerings. The police officers can take this training on demand and spend more of their valuable time protecting their communities from crimes such as human trafficking,” Chris Braun, technology coordinator for the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
“Investigating Human Trafficking” is designed to help increase awareness and understanding by exploring the types of human trafficking, indicators of victims and traffickers, steps for assessing the crime scene and tactics for communicating with the victim. More than 11,000 Pennsylvania law enforcement officers are currently registered to take the online class. Content contributors include: PCPA; PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD); PA Coalition Against Rape (PCAR); PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV); Delaware County District Attorney Pearl Kim and the Polaris Project.
There are more than 20 courses currently offered on PAVTN.net, a virtual training network created by JPL and operated by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, with more scheduled to be launched in the coming months.
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