Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $1,590,007)
The Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELERV) Strategy was created through an OVC partnership with IACP in 2003. Its goal is to move the law enforcement community toward a philosophy and practice of enhanced victim response. The final Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELERV) toolkit completed in 2009 is a strong set of resources with support from agencies around the country that assisted in developing, pilot testing, and validating the strategy. While the strategy was never evaluated, IACP and OVC are fairly confident it is effective. However, it cannot be marketed as an evidence-based approach because the only evidence of effectiveness is anecdotal information for the limited number of implementing sites. To remedy this issue, OVC provided funding to IACP through the FY 2014 Service, Support & Justice: A Strategy to Enhance Law Enforcement Response to Victims Initiative to evaluate ELERV. The initiative is comprised of three components: (1) a demonstration project involving three competitively selected medium-sized law enforcement agencies; (2) intensive technical assistance provided by IACP to the sites as they implement ELERV; and (3) a concurrent evaluation conducted by local research partners paired with each demonstration site.
IACP will use this FY 18 award to continue providing intensive technical assistance to the three demonstration sites implementing the ELERV strategy. IACP will also continue efforts to update the strategy and accompanying toolkit of resources with lessons learned from the demonstration sites, and establish a detailed plan to provide technical assistance on ELERV to law enforcement agencies around the country.