A Globe and Mail investigation is creating waves in Police Services throughout Canada.
The report showed that an average of 20 percent of sexual assault complaints to police forces across the country end up being classified as “unfounded”.
The five year rate in Guelph matched the national average while the rate for Wellington County OPP was up near 34 percent.
Guelph Police Chief Jeff DeRuyter is joining Chiefs across Canada in reviewing their procedures. DeRuyter will be discussing his plans with the Guelph Police Services Board today.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police are now encouraging all police services to review their procedures for dealing with sexual assaults. Meanwhile, the provincial government says it will spend 1.8-million dollars on more than a dozen pilot projects meant to improve police response to sexual assault.
Among the 15 projects will be two case review models similar to what’s being called a “gold standard” approach first pioneered in Philadelphia.
In Brantford, cases from 2014 and 2015 will be reviewed by a panel that includes representatives from a local sex assault centre, victim services, police and a legal expert on violence against women.