Casper reviewing sexual assault policy after complaints

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 17, 2017 at 9:37 a.m.

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Casper police are reviewing how they handle sex assault cases after multiple complaints from women about how their cases were handled.

Police Chief Jim Wetzel said Thursday that the department is looking at better enforcement of existing policies as well as areas where changes could be made.

Wetzel said that the department has studied changes police in Missoula, Montana made after the Justice Department reviewed its handling of sexual assault cases.

Casper's current policy requires detectives to review a case and decide the next step within a week but one woman told city leaders it took about three weeks in her case.

City councilwoman Amanda Huckabay told the Casper Star-Tribune that the chief's comments were "lip service" and said the council hasn't been told about any policy review.

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