NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD said Friday that it has hired three full-time social workers to their Special Victims Unit in an effort to better handle the needs of sexual assault victims.
The team will be trained to work along side Sex Crimes detectives. They will offer assistance and support to sex crime victims throughout the investigation.
Adding full-time social workers to the Special Victims Section was one of several recommendations made by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Sexual Violence Response Advisory Committee earlier this year.
"Sexual assault is one of the most despicable crimes that a person can experience, and as police, it is our job to ensure that victims receive the respect and resources they need in order to come forward and provide needed evidence without causing further trauma," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "With full-time social workers on board, we can continue to build community trust and provide victims with everything they need to help us solve these crimes quickly."
In addition to the new social workers, the department is also moving forward with hiring three full-time civilian investigators to assist with the task force Sex Crimes and Child Abuse investigations. Those positions are expected to be filled by early 2016.