City of Chattanooga, UTC, and CPD Announce Mission to Combat Campus Sex Crimes

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Sex crimes; they happen on every college campus and UTC is no exception.

Chief Bob Ratchford, Chief of UTC Police, says, “A lot of them are by the individuals that the survivors know.”

Domestic assaults; they also happen.

The City of Chattanooga, UTC campus police, the CPD are switching things up a bit to reach out to more victims.

Chief Ratchford adds, “We’re wanting to empower these folks to come forward and tell us what has happened to them, so we can provide the appropriate resources.”

UTC just got a few more resources to address and combat sex crimes.

In addition to their open door policy at the Women’s Resouce Center, there will be a new officer dedicated to investigating sexual assaults.

That person is training in Washington D.C. right now.

Chief Ratchford adds, “They’re also going to be teaching folks as far as orientation, incoming students, existing students that it’s ok to feel empowered to come forward and report should you become a victim.”

A $240,000 grant was used to fund that new position.

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher says this memorandum of understanding formalizes roles, so everyone is on the same page, and so that these rules will be here for years to come.

Chief Fletcher adds, “When I looked for these MOU’s, I have friends who are police chiefs around the country, several at major universities, and I asked for all their MOU’s. I probably got 20 MOU’s and not a single one addressed this topic.”

Chief Fletcher believes other universities should follow suite and adopt these guidelines.

Maybe then more individuals wouldn’t fall through the cracks, and schools wouldn’t be on the receiving end of lawsuits, like the one UTK is dealing with right now.


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