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Justice Department OKs Missoula Police Rape Response Changes

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - U.S. Department of Justice officials say the Missoula Police Department has made all of the changes required after federal investigators found gender bias in how the city responds to reports of sexual assault.

Vanita Gupta of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division said Monday the police department has fully implemented a 2013 agreement with the federal agency.

That agreement is the first of four to be completed. The Justice Department also made agreements with the city, the University of Montana and the Missoula County attorney's office.

The agreements came after an investigation in 2012 found evidence that the city and university mishandled rape reports.

The changes at the police department include a new special victims' unit, specialized training for first responders and detectives, and a new external review panel.

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