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Effective Jan 1, 2018 Agencies must Have Written Policies for Investigating Sexual Assault/Abuse

6/12/2017 12:00:00 AM

On or before July 1, 2017, watch for the release of the guidelines being developed by the Office of the Attorney General so you can develop your required written policies/procedures under this new law.Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act. (web link)Section 15. Sexual assault incident policies.

(a) On or before January 1, 2018, every law enforcement agency shall develop, adopt, and implement written policies regarding procedures for incidents of sexual assault or sexual abuse consistent with the guidelines developed under subsection (b) of this Section. In developing these policies, each law enforcement agency is encouraged to consult with other law enforcement agencies, sexual assault advocates, and sexual assault nurse examiners with expertise in recognizing and handling sexual assault and sexual abuse incidents. These policies must include mandatory sexual assault and sexual abuse response training as required in Section 10.19 of the Illinois Police Training Act and Sections 2605-53 and 2605-98 of the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.

(b) On or before July 1, 2017, the Office of the Attorney General, in consultation with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board and the Department of State Police, shall develop and make available to each law enforcement agency, comprehensive guidelines for creation of a law enforcement agency policy on evidence-based, trauma-informed, victim-centered sexual assault and sexual abuse response and investigation.

These guidelines shall include, but not be limited to the following:

(1) dispatcher or call taker response;(2) responding officer duties;(3) duties of officers investigating sexual assaults and sexual abuse;(4) supervisor duties;(5) report writing;(6) reporting methods;(7) victim interviews;(8) evidence collection;(9) sexual assault medical forensic examinations;(10) suspect interviews;(11) suspect forensic exams;(12) witness interviews;(13) sexual assault response and resource teams, if applicable;(14) working with victim advocates;(15) working with prosecutors;(16) victims' rights;(17) victim notification; and(18) consideration for specific populations or communities.
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