Report: Police poorly investigated sex crimes

AP News
Posted: Nov 12, 2014 3:30 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a new blow to New Orleans' troubled Police Department, a city inspector general's report claims five detectives failed to do substantial investigation of hundreds of cases of sex crimes and child abuse.

The allegations were contained in a report released Wednesday.

Police officials say the detectives have been transferred to patrol duty and are under further investigation.

The report examined their work between January 2011 and December 2013. It found the detectives filed follow-up reports for only 179 out of 1,290 sex crime cases.

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Police Superintendent Michael Harrison says he is "deeply disturbed" by the allegations.

Harrison, who took over the force when former chief Ronal Serpas retired earlier this year, vowed Wednesday to make widespread changes in the department to rebuild community trust.