MSU Police Announce New Initiative to Focus on Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Support Services

EAST LANSING, Mich.  Michigan State University Interim President John Engler and Police Chief Jim Dunlap announced that Lt. Andrea Munford has recently been assigned to develop a comprehensive program on law enforcement investigations into relationship violence and sexual assault on a trauma-informed and victim-centered basis. This is one more step in President Engler’s commitment to strengthen and enhance MSU’s response to reports of relationship violence and sexual assault.

As Trauma-Informed Investigative Training Coordinator, Munford will be responsible for developing a comprehensive training curriculum, creating model policy, giving conference presentations and identifying grant opportunities. Munford will work in collaboration with community partners and external agencies to identify best practices to present the most prosecutable domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

“Since the Larry Nassar investigation, the MSU Police Department has received continuous requests to provide information and training on trauma-informed and victim-centered investigations,” said Dunlap. “As the lead investigator of the Nassar investigation, I’m confident that Lt. Munford will identify and highlight the best practices to be utilized and assist other agencies and departments around the country to provide a victim-centered investigation for all survivors.”

Munford began her career with the MSU Police Department in 1997. During her career at the MSU Police Department, Munford has supervised the Investigative Division, Special Victims Unit, Bike Unit and the Crime Scene Investigation Unit and is a member of the Small Squad Cadre. She also was part of the Cold Case Homicide Task Force. Munford received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from MSU.

MEDIA CONTACT: Capt. Doug Monette, Public Information Officer, 517-353-3162, MonetteD@police.msu.edu

 

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