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Public Trust: Confronting Law Enforcement Sexual Misconduct in the #MeToo Era Webinar
Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
10:00 AM PT/11:00 AM MT/12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET

This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long.

Course Description

Through an examination of case studies, after-action reviews, and the emerging national demand for increased accountability for all forms of sexual misconduct, this webinar will encourage courageous conversations and inspire proactive leadership strategies to address and prevent law enforcement sexual misconduct.

The overwhelming majority of those who serve in the noble profession of law enforcement are professionals that uphold their oath of office. However, the numerous headlines, arrests, convictions, and lawsuits describing horrific acts of sexual misconduct perpetrated by law enforcement officers are incomprehensible. The prevalence of law enforcement sexual misconduct and its impact on public trust cannot be ignored. A predatory sexual offender with the power and authority of the police is an extremely serious breach of the ethics of law enforcement, a violation of the color of law, and a traumatizing victimization for a citizen that officers are sworn to protect.


As a result of this session, participants will be better able to:

  • Enhance public trust and improve responsiveness to the emerging national demand for prevention and accountability for sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual misconduct.
  • Broadly define law enforcement sexual misconduct to assist in addressing the wide range of behaviors that can include both criminal and non-criminal conduct.
  • Examine law enforcement sexual misconduct case studies and identify possible early warning signs that could escalate to law enforcement sexual misconduct.
  • Identify promising practices for prevention, supervision, and accountability to include an assessment for a law enforcement sexual misconduct policy and code of conduct standard.



Tom Tremblay, Police Chief, City of Burlington, VT Police Department (Ret.); Advisor/Trainer, Thomas Tremblay Consulting & Training, Fort Myers, FL

Throughout his distinguished 30-year career as a police officer, detective, supervisor, police chief, and state public safety commissioner, Tom Tremblay has been a passionate leader for the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. He is a retired Chief of Police from Burlington, Vermont, and the former Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Safety. Chief Tremblay is now a highly regarded national and international advisor and trainer for law enforcement, prosecution, advocacy, higher education, the military, and the private sector.

Chief Tremblay is a contracted subject matter expert on domestic violence and sexual assault for numerous organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Center for Campus Public Safety, Police Executive Research Forum, Rape Abuse Incest National Network, RTI Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, Battered Women's Justice Project, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.

Chief Tremblay also serves as an Independent Monitor / Reviewer for U.S. Department of Justice Agreements with law enforcement agencies designed to improve sexual assault and domestic violence response and investigations following reports of unlawful gender discrimination. His oversight work in Missoula, Montana assisted the City Police and the University of Montana Police in achieving full compliance with their respective agreements with the Department of Justice to improve response and investigations of sexual assault cases. Chief Tremblay also assists the Department of Justice in promoting gender bias prevention strategies for law enforcement when responding to domestic and sexual violence crimes, including awareness and prevention strategies for law enforcement sexual misconduct.

Chief Tremblay holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the 183rd Session of the FBI National Academy, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, the Police Executive Research Forum-Senior Management Institute for Police, and the National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K015 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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