City police step up officer training re sex-assault reporting

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)
City police step up officer training re sex-assault reporting

A recent Globe and Mail report says one in five sexual assault claims in Canada reported to police was classified as unfounded, but in Peterborough, that number was even higher.

According to the report, in 2014, Peterborough police labelled 30 per cent of sexual assault claims as unfounded, or, in other words, that no violation of the law occurred.

The national rate for “unfounded” classifications is 19 per cent.

Insp. Larry Charlmey told CHEX News that the service was aware of a problem with their system after an investigation by the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre.

Charmley says the percentage of reported sexual assaults for 2016 that they would label as unfounded now sits at about nin per cent.

 

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