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Source: Don Stubbings, 785-532-6412, ksu135@k-state.edu
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Monday, Aug. 2, 2010

K-STATE POLICE CAPTAIN JOINS NATIONAL EFFORT TO COMBAT CRIMES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

MANHATTAN -- Capt. Donald Stubbings of the Kansas State University police department is taking part in a national effort to curb violence against women.

Stubbings is among 24 law enforcement executives from across the country selected to participate in the National Campus Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women. The four-day institute is in Austin, Texas.

"To be one of the select few nationwide invited to attend the institute is humbling," Stubbings said. "The institute will allow me to enhance an already strong group of investigators at the K-State police department, bring new visions and develop programs that are critical for the safety of our K-State community."

The K-State police department has five officers specially trained as part of the department's Sexual Assault Response Team.

The institute is hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Its goal is to raise the response to crimes of violence again women higher on law enforcement's agenda. It also advocates for the use of best practices in local police departments.

At the institute, Stubbings and other participants will explore new approaches for investigating domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. They will learn about assessing agency performance and share challenges and solutions. The institute also will focus on planning and methods for effective resource allocation to help crime victims and hold perpetrators accountable. Participants will work on developing proactive strategies they can use in their own departments.

"The opportunity for Capt. Stubbings to attend such an important institute is immeasurable. The knowledge he will bring back will help us serve victims, enhance policy and bring strong cases to prosecution," said Ronnie Grice, assistant vice president for public safety at K-State.

Stubbings, who joined the K-State police department in 1997 and was promoted to captain in 2007, is a certified crime prevention specialist. He also serves as vice president of the Flint Hills Sexual Assault Coalition.

Expenses for institute are covered under a grant to the International Association of Chiefs of Police from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women. The association is the world's oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with more than 22,500 members in 708 countries. More information is available at http http://www.theiacp.org/.