December 3, 2019
The Riley County Police Department has updated its sexual assault reporting policy to give voice to victims by providing new options in the investigation process. We are calling this updated policy, “Your Option. Your Control,” because victims will now have control over choosing one of three investigation options for their case.
“The most important goal of this new policy is to break down the barriers to reporting and increase the number of reports we receive,” Investigation Captain Tim Hegarty said.
It is estimated that 3 out of 4 sexual assault crimes are never reported to law enforcement. We believe this policy update will increase identification and prosecution of sexual offenders in our community and give voice that a crime has occurred against a victim.
“We hope to achieve this primarily through giving over control to the victims regarding how an investigation is conducted,” Hegarty said. “We also believe that the options of third party and anonymous reporting will increase the number of reports we receive.”
Through “Your Option. Your Control,” we want to decrease sexual assault victimization and make Riley County a safe place to live and call home.
Options of investigative strategies through "Your Option. Your Control.”
- Complete Investigation: includes all investigative steps necessary to develop a prosecutable case. A complete investigation provides police and prosecutors with the opportunity to seek justice on the victim's behalf and call the perpetrator to account.
- Partial Investigation: includes only the investigative steps designated by the victim, to include follow-up with a detective. A partial investigation allows the victim to have control over which steps of an investigation are taken and which are not.
- Information Only: includes only information which the victim or a third-party reporter provides and entails no investigation or further contact unless initiated by the victim. An information only report gives voice that a crime has occurred against a victim. There is NO statute of limitation on rape or sodomy in the State of Kansas, so the victim can provide additional information when and if she/he is emotionally or physically ready.
Methods of Reporting:
- In-person: You can come to the Riley County Police Department, 1001 S. Seth Child Road, in Manhattan or call our non-emergency phone at (785) 537-2112. In cases of information only or partial investigations, the report can be made to the officer through the non-emergency number or in person at RCPD. However, in cases of a complete investigation, the preference is for a police officer to speak with the victim in person at a place of their choosing.
- Third-party: Someone other than the victim, such as the RCPD Victim Advocate Coordinator, another victim advocate/therapist, family member/friend makes an information report on the victim's behalf with the victim's consent. A partial or complete investigation can be initiated by a third party, but will require police contact with the victim.
- 3. Anonymous reports: Reports can be made to an officer, through the non-emergency phone line, or through the Victim Advocate Coordinator. These reports will be filed as information only reports.
For additional information, please visit: www.RileyCountyPolice.org/YourOption