LPS Reclassifying "Unfounded" Sexual Assaults

Friday, 22 September 2017 07:39 MH
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In move being made by police forces across the country, the London Police Service is changing the way it classifies sexual assualts to better reflect the results of the

investigation.

The police conducted a review of over 1,000 sexual assault files and found that an average of 6% of them were unfounded.

According to Police Chief John Pare, the issue is when a case lacks evidence or the complainant decided not to participate in the investigation, the case is deemed unfounded

which can leave the victim feeling like they are not believed by police.

From now on, the “unfounded” classification will only apply if there is enough evidence to show no offense occurred.

Best practices and evidence based trauma informed investigations will also be developed through consultation with community and justice partners.

(MH)

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