Orangeville Police reviews unfounded sexual assault cases

Your Orangeville Police, at the request of Chief Wayne Kalinski, has completed a comprehensive review of all sexual assault cases that were classified as unfounded since 2010.

Chief Kalinski requested the review after a report in the Globe and Mail newspaper criticizing police services across Canada regarding sexual assault investigations that ended up being classified as “unfounded” between 2010 and 2014. The review was conducted by officers from the services Criminal Investigations Bureau, under the direction of the Staff Sergeant of Operations.

Thirty-eight sexual assault incidents were re-opened and reviewed. Reports were reviewed by trained sexual assault investigators and complainants/victims were contacted directly by the officers to discuss the incidents.  All of the victims reported that they were satisfied with the outcome of their respective investigation.

The administrative portion of the review identified that the clearing and classification of several incidents was not in line with Stats Canada definitions. As a result, twelve incidents remained classified as “unfounded”.  These incidents remained as such when the investigation determined that police were not able to form the required grounds to confirm that the offence of a sexual assault had indeed been committed.

The process also included the implementation of an Orangeville Police Service Sexual Assault Review Team, made up of members the service’s management team and Criminal Investigations Unit as well as civilian members from Dufferin Child and Family Services and Caledon Dufferin Victim Services. The Sexual Assault Review Team assisted in the auditing process and approved the results of the review.  This team, initiated as a result of this review, will continue to meet to review all future reported sexual assault cases.

“I want to assure the public that the Orangeville Police Service has and will continue to treat victims of crime with the utmost respect and that investigations will continue to be conducted in a professional and complete manner”, said Chief Kalinski.

Posted on April 20, 2017