The RCMP referred 200 cases of sexual assault to investigators

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) reviewed approximately 30,000 sexual assault complaints between 2015 and 2017, after classifying them as unfounded.

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Of the 30,000 files reviewed, 327 were the subject of a more in-depth study, or approximately 1%.

Of those, 242 were reopened, resulting in 26 cases.

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Federal police admitted recurring omissions on how complaints are handled, including instances where investigators have not interviewed victims or suspects.

Although this number seems small compared to the total number of cases reviewed, it should be noted that cases are only recommended for reopening and/or additional investigative steps when serious investigative issues are identified. , and where it was evaluated that additional measures could result in a different outcomesaid RCMP spokesman Robin Percival.

This is an explosive daily report Globe and Mail in 2017, on the RCMP’s failures in handling sexual assault allegations, which prompted police to make this investigation.

The newspaper survey found that investigators rule out about one in five cases of baseless sexual assault, a higher rate than other types of crime.

Incomplete investigations

The RCMP then established the National Sexual Assault Review Team (SATT) in 2017 and announced that it would delve into previous sexual assault cases to identify gaps in the investigation.

According to Mr. Percival, the RCMP found that in some cases the victims were not interviewed, while in others investigators neglected to interview the suspect. The review team also noticed a lack of documentation in some cases and exhibits that were not submitted for laboratory review.

In some cases, officers failed to use the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System, a system meant to help investigators identify crimes and serial criminals.

The director of Vancouver Battered Women’s Support ServicesAngela Marie MacDougall, was not surprised by the findings of the investigation.

These results match what we see on the front line every dayhe says. What we often do is advocate for the police to follow their own policies and procedures, such as conducting a proper investigation.

The RCMP said that in the future, its review team will systematically look at investigations into sexual assaults that end at no charge.

The Gendarmerie also announced that it will review investigation files into sexual assaults targeting young people aged 12 to 17.

According to information from Catharine Tunney of the CBC News

Source: Radio-Canada

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