Denver PD revamps way it responds to sex assaults

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) The Denver Police Department has revamped the way it deals with sex assault victims who seek hospital treatment, acknowledging officers have sometimes been too slow to respond.

The Denver Post reports dispatchers had prioritized calls for waiting sex assault victims lower than certain other emergency calls, such as an in-progress assault, because victims are no longer in immediate danger once they are admitted to a hospital.

Denver Health Medical Center spokeswoman Kalena Wilkinson says the new policy asks police supervisors to send an officer as soon as possible if a victim has been waiting for an hour. A detective must go to the hospital if a victim has been there for more than 90 minutes.

Hospital staff also can seek over-the-phone approval from police to begin an exam before an officer arrives.

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