Tallahassee, FL - Earlier this week, Tallahassee Community College’s Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) participated in a project coordinated by Florida State University’s Law Enforcement Family Partnership (LEFP) on the topic of domestic violence in law enforcement families.
Already in use throughout various law enforcement and corrections agencies in Florida, domestic violence training is now being integrated into the academy environment. FPSI served as the pilot project the training centers throughout the state.
The project has received widespread support from the law enforcement community – it has been endorsed by the Florida Police Chief’s Association, the Florida Sheriff’s Association, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Department of Corrections – and is now in use in the criminal justice community.
According to Bill Bierbaum, criminal justice instructional coordinator at FPSI, the LEFP project gives basic recruits insight about the consequences of domestic violence in the law enforcement family and offers healthy alternatives to settling disputes that may arise.
“We felt it would be a valuable addition to offer this training to recruits in the law enforcement academies throughout the state,” said Bierbaum.
Bierbaum added that the training has been incorporated with FPSI’s current law enforcement basic recruit class that will graduate next month.
Administered by FSU’s College of Social Work, the Law Enforcement Families Partnership is sponsored by Verizon and comes at no cost to FPSI.