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Comprehensive evaluation of sexual assault investigations moves forward

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Since City Council ordered an independent review of police handling of sexual assault cases in February, the City Manager’s Office has been collaborating with a working group composed of members of the Public Safety Commission and Commission for Women to write a request for qualifications for contractors to bid on. In order to ensure that a non-biased candidate is appointed to the task, Commissioner Rebecca Gonzales explained at the May 6 meeting of the Public Safety Commission that “we wanted to make sure that the contractor selected doesn’t do work that feeds into this process.” Contractors already working for the city will be allowed to bid on the contract. Another push that the commissioners made was to have more direct input on the hiring process. “We did get four commissioners on the actual review of the finalist,” she told commissioners. While she is happy with the expanded role of commission members in the process, she added, “Having us be a fuller part would be even more impactful.” She explained that since commission members are representatives of their respective communities, having them more intimately involved in the process will help foster more trust in the overall audit process and the efficacy of the police evaluating sexual assault cases in the future.

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