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This 2-day course is designed to help patrol officers understand their duties when conducting a preliminary investigation concerning sexual assaults. The course offers four hours of  legal training by a Commonwealth Attorney which will provide a legal foundation for officer actions . The remaining 12 hours of training will focus on the primary investigative duties of a patrol officer, victim interviewing techniques and crime scene considerations.  The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) will provide students with an overview of the S.A.N.E. program and the S.A.N.E. duties and responsibilities. Finally, the Victim-Witness Program will present an overview of their duties and responsibilities and how it is used by the sexual assault survivors, their families and investigating officers.

Instructor Bio:

Kristie Leigh has 18 years of law enforcement experience within the County of Loudoun. She worked for the Leesburg Police Department from 1995 until 2005. In May of 2005 she joined the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. Kristie has worked as a sex crimes investigator from 1997 until 2011. Kristie received her polygraph license in 2004 and a certification in 2005 to conduct Post Conviction Sex Offender Testing. She was a member of the INOVA Internet Crimes Against Children task force with the State Police and was deputize by the US Marshalls to work with the FBI’s IINI (innocent images unit). Since December of 2011 Kristie has been assigned as a basic instructor at the NVCJA.

Kristie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.

MPO Katie Rounds has been a sworn Officer with the Arlington County Police Department since 1995.  She was promoted to the rank of Crime Scene Investigator in 2000 and worked in this capacity until 2003. In 2003, she was promoted to the rank of a Master Police Officer, helping to coordinate crime scene investigation and evidence collection of major crime scenes until 2005. In 2005 she coordinated and led a State Department-funded course in Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Collection for the Belizean Police Department in Belmopan, Belize. She served as a lead Instructor at the NVCJTA for the Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Handling classes from 2005-2007, and from January 2012 to present. MPO Rounds has also worked as a Detective in the Burglary and Robbery/Homicide Units of the Arlington County Police Department.

Nicole Wittmann has served in the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Office for the past eight years, overseeing the Victim and Witness Assistance Program and as the lead prosecutor in charge of sex crimes and child abuse cases.

Prior to joining the Loudoun Office, Nicole served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Arlington County for over seven years and was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Sarasota, Florida for two years.

In 2012, Nicole was appointed Chief Deputy Commonwealth Attorney for Loudoun County.

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