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Police Response Enhancement Program (PREP)


PREP

PREP is a series of workshops designed to help law enforcement personnel effectively identify and respond to victims of domestic violence.

The goals of PREP are to:

  • Help police officers to identify and respond to the needs of victims
  • Improve law enforcement officers' communication with victims
  • Reduce the repeat domestic abuse incidents within the same household
  • Connect victims to critical support services

PREP is NOT a technical legal training; it IS a program that addresses the issue from a victim's perspective and provides practical information for effective intervention.

Where is PREP Offered?

PREP classes are FREE and open to all law enforcement professionals in New Jersey. We offer the program in Bergen County, Union County and Monmouth County. You are welcome to attend the location that is most convenient for you.


PREP in Union County

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COST:
FREE of charge. Materials, certificate and light refreshments provided.

LOCATION:
John H. Stamler Police Academy
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ
Upon arrival, please check the board in the lobby for classroom location.

REGISTRATION is REQUIRED:
Email us (not the Academy) to register. Provide your name, cell number, department, and date of class you want in the email.

2017 PREP Central Class Schedule, Scotch Plains, NJ
Date Time Class
Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Teen Dating Abuse
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Understanding the Victim of Domestic Violence
Thursday, April 27, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Insights on Batterer Behavior
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Understanding the Victim of Domestic Violence


PREP in Monmouth County

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COST:
FREE of charge. Materials, certificate and light refreshments provided.

LOCATION:
Monmouth County Police Academy
2000 Kozloski Road
Freehold, NJ
Upon arrival, please check the board in the lobby for classroom location.

REGISTRATION is REQUIRED:
Email us (not the Academy) to register. Provide your name, cell number, department, and date of class you want in the email.

2017 PREP Central Class Schedule, Freehold, NJ
Date Time Class
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Understanding the Victim of Domestic Violence
Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Understanding the Victim of Domestic Violence
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Effects of Domestic Violence on Children


PREP in Bergen County

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COST:
FREE of charge. Materials, certificate and light refreshments provided.

LOCATION:
Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute (BCLPSI)
281 Campgaw Rd.
Mahwah, NJ
Upon arrival, please check the board in the lobby for classroom location.

REGISTRATION is REQUIRED:
Email us (not the Academy) to register. Provide your name, cell number, department, and date of class you want in the email.

2017 PREP North Class Schedule, Mahwah, NJ
Date Time Class
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Understanding the Victim of Domestic Violence
Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Insights on Batterer Behavior
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Teen Dating Abuse
Thursday, April 13, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Thursday, May 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Understanding the Victim of Domestic Violence
Monday, May 15, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Teen Dating Abuse
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Monday, June 5, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Insights on Batterer Behavior
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Understanding the Victim of Domestic Violence


Brief of Overview of PREP Topics

Understanding the Victim

Discussion of the dynamics of domestic violence; the emotional and behavioral impact on victims; local and national statistics; risk assessments; safety planning; societal/cultural issues that impact a victim's decision-making; and a review of local resources for referral and support.

The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Discussion of emotional and developmental impact of domestic violence on children from birth to age 18; appropriate intervention techniques to use with children on the scene; supporting the non-offending parent; safety planning; how batterer behavior harms children; and resources for referral.

Insights on Batterer Behavior

Discussion of how battering is used to maintain power and control over a victim; societal/media impact on battering behavior; standard characteristics of the batterer; strategies for dealing with someone who batters; current intervention techniques used to work with batterers; and theories regarding batterers who murder their partners.

Teen Dating Abuse

Learn effective intervention techniques to help teens (victims and abusers); identify resources for support; discuss the warning signs that a teen may be a victim or an abuser; and understand the unique barriers teens face concerning disclosure.


Program History

To date, 1,400+ law enforcement professionals from 126 police departments in 11 counties in New Jersey have participated, with 98% of them reporting that they enhanced their intervention abilities and would recommend the program to colleagues.

In addition, CRT (Crisis Response Team) callouts in Union County increased by 10% during the period when PREP was being conducted over the same time period for the prior year. Comments from PREP participants on confidential program evaluations include:

  • Didn't think after 25 years of service that someone could change my perspective, but this instructor really did.
  • Outstanding - an eye-opener. Recommend this class for all police departments.
  • I learned a lot more when it comes to dealing with victims and learning more about batterers.
  • PREP provided an open and honest discussion regarding domestic violence and provided an insight into what victims are going through and experience - something that is rarely taught in other police training.
  • Very informative info on the thought process of victims.
  • This should be included in the academy training for new recruits.
  • This program was clear and concise, relating very much to law enforcement duties.
  • The information was provided in a frank, thought provoking manner that allowed dialogue with the audience.
  • Felt the program was very useful. Would send others from my department.