NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - After a disturbing audit showed that NOPD didn't follow up on nearly half of the rapes reported to them, the Office of the Inspector General said they have turned the department around.
According to the OIG, a recent reports shows that the NOPD classified nearly 100 percent of the 154 sex crimes reported to them in according with the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
This process started after an audit from May 2014 showed NOPD misclassified 46 percent of forcible rape offenses between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2013.
That audit led to an OIG investigation into NOPD's documentation of sex crimes by detectives in the Special Victims Section. That report, released in November 2014, found that 65 percent of sex crimes cases contained no documentation or investigative efforts beyond their initial report, as well as a lack of supervision.
According to the OIG audit, only 14 percent of those reported complaints contained supplemental reports showing any additional investigative efforts beyond the initial report.
The city re-opened many of those cases and five officers were removed from the rape squad.
"Our latest audit shows our 2014 reports launched a turnaround for NOPD's handling of rapes, and NOPD deserves praise for this important progress," stated Inspector General Ed Qautrevaux. "We will continue to audit the accuracy of sex crimes and other offenses to make sure the trend continues."