Reforms announced to improve New Orleans rape investigations
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans authorities have announced changes to the way police investigate sexual assault cases - a reform effort aimed at addressing problems brought to light by the U.S. Justice Department and the city's Inspector General.
Among reforms announced Tuesday: The police Sex Crimes Unit has moved to the New Orleans Family Justice Center where victims can meet with detectives and connect to support services at the same time. The city also says new policies, procedures and training requirements have been implemented.
Last November, a city inspector general's report claims five detectives failed to do substantial investigation of hundreds of cases of sex crimes and child abuse. In 2011, the Justice Department also found numerous problems with the way New Orleans police investigated sexual assault allegations.