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Press Release

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

AG Swanson Convenes Sex Assault Investigation Work Group

Attorney General Lori Swanson today announced the launch of a sex assault investigation work group made up of statewide leaders and experts in the areas of victim advocacy, health care, and law enforcement who will start meeting next week and make recommendations to the Legislature for improvements to state laws and policies before the start of the next legislative session.

“Sexual assault is a horrendous crime, and the survivors deserve justice and compassion. The goal is for this work group to develop legislative and policy recommendations before the start of the next legislative session for improvements to the criminal justice system’s response to these crimes,” said Attorney General Swanson. She added: “I thank the members of the work group for their willingness to serve.”

The first meeting of the Work Group will take place on Tuesday, September 18. The Work Group is made up of the following individuals:

Unlike some states, Minnesota does not have mandated training or uniform policies for the investigation of sexual assault cases, even though they are some of the most difficult and complicated cases our law enforcement agencies face. Among other things, the Work Group may explore best practices, more modern and innovative training programs, and better allocation of resources. The Work Group will make recommendations to the legislature to improve the manner in which the criminal justice system responds to these crimes.