Online reporting system now includes sexual assaults

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The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is always looking for ways to improve the level of service for the residents of Sault Ste. Mary and Prince Township. The online reporting system has been a success and we are now offering new incidents to report online.

Now victims can use our online reporting system to report incidents of sexual assault.

“The sole purpose of accepting reports of sexual assault online is to provide the victim with the most efficient and comprehensive service possible,” explains Sergeant Marc Dubie of the Central Support Office. “Reporting online provides victims with a confidential way to report this crime and will allow us to assign the appropriate officer to investigate more quickly.”

The additional reporting option will hopefully reduce stress for victims and encourage them to come forward.

“Our goal as a service is to support victims and members of our community at all times,” says Chief Hugh Stevenson. “In 2021 we received 800 reports through our online reporting system, and this year to date we have received around 291.”

Members of the Central Support Bureau (CSB) monitor all online reports and communicate with complainants to facilitate the investigation process. The Service will continue to review the possibility of additional violations for the online reporting system.

To learn more about our online reporting system, including online sexual assault reporting settings, please visit www.saultpolice.ca/reporting and read our fact sheet on sexual assault.

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