Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Police Link Social Media Campaigns with Rise in Sex Crime Complaints

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Police Link Social Media Campaigns with Rise in Sex Crime Complaints

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Calgary police want more sex crime detectives

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Calgary's police chief says social media campaigns have lead to more people reporting sex crimes and he needs more detectives for investigations.

Chief Roger Chaffin says campaigns such as #IBelieveYou, #MeToo and #TimesUp have raised awareness and more victims are seeking help.

Now there are eight detectives in the Calgary police Sex Crimes Unit.

The force hopes to increase that number to 12 before the end of the year.

Police say they are dealing with more assaults.

The cases are also becoming more complex to investigate if they include DNA evidence and gathering data from the Internet and social media.

Chaffin said the increased demand must be dealt with.

"It's difficult to say if there is more volume or just more people reporting," Chaffin said Wednesday. …

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