Review shows coding errors skewed sexual assault data compiled by Kelowna RCMP

KELOWNA, B.C. — An evaluation conducted by the RCMP National Headquarters sexual assault review team finds poor data entry, not police indifference, may explain why many sexual assault complaints appear to have been dismissed by investigators at the Kelowna, B.C., detachment.

The review was launched last year after Statistics Canada data showed dozens of sexual assault cases were reported to the Kelowna RCMP in 2017 and 2018 but almost 40 per cent were dismissed as unfounded, a rate three times higher than the national average.

The review focused on 30 sexual assault cases in 2018 and three dozen last year that had all been concluded as unfounded.

Of those 66 cases, the review team ruled 25 were unfounded, meaning the investigating officer did not believe a crime had occurred, or there was no evidence with which to proceed.


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