OPP to re­view about 4,000 sex as­sault cases deemed ‘un­founded’

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

ORILLIA, Ont. — On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice will re­view ap­prox­i­mately 4,000 sex­ual as­sault in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­ports that were des­ig­nated as “un­founded.” Com­mis­sioner Vince Hawkes says the re­view will cover al­le­ga­tions made be­tween 2010 and 2014. The an­nounce­ment fol­lows a re­port by the Globe and Mail that the news­pa­per says ex­posed deep flaws in the way in­ves­ti­ga­tors treat sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions. The Globe says that as a re­sult of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Ralph Goodale has called on po­lice to re­assess how they man­age sex-as­sault com­plaints. Hawkes says the OPP takes all re­ports of sex­ual as­sault and vi­o­lence se­ri­ously and “uses all re­sources nec­es­sary to con­duct com­plete, thor­ough and pro­fes­sional investigations.”

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