The Penticton RCMP detachment is watching the Kelowna detachment’s investigation into its high number of ‘unfounded’ sexual assault cases. Both detachments reported nearly double the provincial average of ‘unfounded’ sexual assaults in 2018, prompting public pressure to account for the discrepancy. (File Photo)

Penticton RCMP do not intend to review sexual assault stats

Eleven out of 29 sexual assault cases in Penticton were deemed unfounded in 2018

The Penticton RCMP detachment has no plans at this time to review the high number of sexual assault cases deemed unfounded by the city’s police force last year.

In a press release issued today, Const. James Grandy said the detachment is aware that 11 out of 29 sexual-related offences were deemed unfounded in 2018, but will not be reviewing the cases like their counter-parts are in Kelowna.

“Although we are not in a position to discuss specific cases, we assure the general public that we take these reports very seriously and remain accountable for our investigations. We recognize that sexual crimes can be a life-altering event, and we continue to encourage survivors of sexual assault to report these crimes to police,” wrote Grandy.

“Penticton RCMP is monitoring and will pay close attention to the results of the review underway in Kelowna for any trends that may apply.”

READ MORE: Penticton RCMP reviewing sexual assault claims

READ MORE: Penticton sexual assault stats may not be accurate, says SOWINS

In Kelowna, similar data from Statistics Canada found 35 of 88 sexual assaults reported to police in 2018 were also deemed ‘unfounded.’

Both cities numbers are far above the provincial average of 15 per cent, with 38 per cent of cases dropped in Penticton and 40 per cent in Kelowna.

In response to public pressure to explain the discrepancy, Kelowna’s RCMP detachment conducted a preliminary review of its sexual assault reports from 2018 and requested the RCMP’s Sexual Assault Review Team from its national headquarters to review the 2018 and 2019 sexual assault files.

The RCMP did not state when the review is expected to be completed.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Jordyn Thomson | Reporter
JordynThomson 
Send Jordyn Thomson an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Coalmont woman airlifted after ATV crash

Off-road vehicle swerved to miss oncoming traffic

Summerland campground to provide COVID-safe accommodations for temporary farm-workers

The managed seasonal worker campsite will be located within a separated area of Peach Orchard Municipal Campground

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

Princeton high school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

Bench plaque recognizes former Summerland firefighter

Volunteers with fire department set up plaque in honour of Richard Estabrooks

Kelowna cyclist breaks national ‘everesting’ record

Jacob Rubuliak, 17, rode up and down Knox Mountain 38-and-a-half times, the equivalent elevation of Mount Everest

New Mount Revelstoke National Park campground opening July 15

It’s the first campground built in a mountain national park in over half a century

Okanagan man arrested after reports of assaults on Kal Lake pier

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers successful after takedown on railway trestle

Man charged in Rideau Hall crash had rifle, shotguns, high-capacity magazine: RCMP

Hurren is accused of threatening to cause death or bodily harm to the prime minister

Kamloops RCMP looking into officer’s ‘black face’ social media posts

“Is my skin racist?” comments Const. Rupert Meinke on Instagram post of skin treatment

B.C. extends income assistance exemption for COVID-19

Provincial program to match Ottawa’s CERB, student pay

Shuswap business duo broaden downtown beach vibe

Jody Boychuk and Eddy Johnston enjoying bigger, brighter Sicamous location

Most Read