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Police chiefs launch framework for collaborative police response to sexual violence

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 12:42 PM | By Peter Carter

Coinciding with the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) has launched the Canadian Framework for Collaborative Police Response on Sexual Violence, designed to provide police services across Canada with leading practices that support evidence-based, trauma-informed, and victim-centred investigations.

According to a press release, the project includes an approach to sexual violence case review and the governance of case review programs. In April, 2017, the CACP committed to a three-pronged approach to addressing the gaps in police practices related to the investigation of sexual assaults. The first involved revising the classification of founded and unfounded criminal incidents in the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey to address data quality and reporting issues. The second was to develop police training to help promote trauma-informed investigations, a process that is currently underway. The most recent announcement is the third step: Creating a framework  to support and improve the investigation of sexual violence. 

“We know now that sexual violence investigations must be treated uniquely, to ensure investigative excellence and a focus on victim and survivor support. We are working hard to ensure that the strength and courage shown by those who report sexual violence is reflected in our officers who are tasked with helping them find justice,” says CACP vice president, chief of the Barrie, Ont., police force Kimberley Greenwood.