Mayor Orders Change To Police Rape Report Plans

A North Carolina city's mayor has ordered changes to a police policy that led to a decision not to warn the public about a string of similar and possibly related rapes.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that Mayor Tony Chavonne ordered the city manager to change the policy that police don't disclose reported sexual assaults unless the data is specifically requested.

The city's police department makes reports of other crimes available on its Web site, where the information can be searched by street. Police had made an exception for sexual assaults, saying they needed to be investigated first.

Police said last week seven women in or near Fayetteville have been assaulted since June by an intruder who broke into homes while women were alone at night.

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  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    Sounds like there should be a few job openings in the PD in that area.
  • by Brooksie on Jan 20, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    I am so glad the Mayor stepped in and changed this way of reporting. We live in a cruel world and this is something the community needs to know; could even help solve the crime.
  • by sue Location: greenville on Jan 20, 2010 at 05:21 AM
    People need to know when a rape has taken place. That way all will be on the look out. If you don't know then you can't look for the sick jerk. It helps the police to if we all know what to look for. Makes sense to me.

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