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Sexual Assault Investigations Task Force

In February, County Executive Johnny Olszewski created the Sexual Assault Investigations Task Force to examine current investigation and prosecution policies, practices and training related to sexual assault complaints, including the review of past case files.

Mission

The scope of the task force’s review will include the following:

  • Review training for law enforcement officials involved in the response to sexual assault allegations, ensuring investigations are victim-centered and trauma-informed.
  • Review data related to sexual assault investigations, ensuring proper tracking and accountability mechanisms are in place.
  • Assess resources available for investigating sexual assault complaints, testing old and new rape kits, and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Research and recommend implementation of national best practices, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Investigation Training, which provides law enforcement and multidisciplinary partners with information on the neurobiology of trauma and investigative strategies to respond to sexual assault crimes in a victim-centered and trauma-informed manner.

Report of Findings and Recommendations

Read the Sexual Assault Investigations Task Force's Report of Findings and Recommendations (PDF), which contains the audit findings, the best practices review, a statewide assessment of Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) kit testing protocols and recommendations for the County’s sexual assault system.

Meetings

Date and Time

Location

Meeting Documents

March 15
3 p.m.

Historic Courthouse, Room 118
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

April 26
3 p.m.

Historic Courthouse, Room 118
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

May 31
3 p.m.

Historic Courthouse, Room 118
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

June 28
3 p.m.

Historic Courthouse, Room 118
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

September 6
3 p.m.

Historic Courthouse, Room 118
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

This meeting has been postponed.

October 18
3 p.m.

Historic Courthouse, Room 118
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

Agenda will be posted when available.

Members

The task force consists of the following members:

  • Sheryl Goldstein (Task Force Chair), Vice President of the Abell Foundation
  • David Thomas, Program Manager with the International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Rosalyn Branson, CEO of TurnAround
  • Laura Clary, Program Manager of the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) Program at GBMC
  • John Cox, Deputy State's Attorney from the Baltimore County State's Attorney’s Office
  • Lieutenant Brian Edwards, Commander of the Baltimore County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit
  • Nadia BenAissa, Student at UMBC—We Believe You

Policies and Procedures

The following policies and procedures have been reviewed by the Sexual Assault Investigations Task Force. These documents represent national best practices that can guide new and revised policies and procedures for partner agencies of the task force. 

The following documents are PDFs that open in a new window.

Advocacy Organizations

Medical Institutions

Police

Prosecution

Universities

 
Revised October 18, 2019         

 

Contact

County Executive,
John Olszewski, Jr.
Phone: 410-887-2450

Contact the County Executive.

Request a ceremonial document.

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