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Report backs changes in sex assault investigations

Thursday - 6/27/2013, 6:36am  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new report on the District of Columbia police department's handling of sexual assault investigations recommends expanded training for officers and the appointment of an outside expert.

The report by the law firm of Crowell & Moring is to be presented Thursday at a round-table discussion before the D.C. Council.

It was conducted in response to a highly critical report from Human Rights Watch that found police hadn't adequately investigated a large number of sex assault complaint.

The new report says the Human Rights Watch report was a "catalyst for positive change" and identified areas for improvements. But it also calls the methodology flawed and says some of the conclusions are unsubstantiated.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the findings of the new report "mirrored our own."

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