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University of Montana Meets DOJ Requirements

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Another check off the list for the University of Montana as it works to meet Department of Justice requirements for improving its response to sexual assault.

Friday the DOJ announced that the UM Police Department has fully implemented the requirements of its agreement.

“I want people to know that the individuals at this university and in this community, care about our students and our citizens and they care deeply about the issue of sexual assault,” said University President Royce Engstrom.

UM President Royce Engstrom, US Attorney for Montana Michael Cotter, Mayor Jon Engen and UM Police Chief Marty Ludmann gathered together Friday at the UM law school to detail what UM police have done to uphold the agreement that they first entered into in May of 2013.

Ludmann says his officers have completed more than one-thousand hours of training in responding to sexual assault complaints and now has a set of procedures and policies specific to investigating sexual assault.

Cotter says prior to 2013, the UM Police Department had no procedures in place for sexual assault but Friday’s announcement is an example of how much progress can be made in a short period of time.

"The reforms call for an integrated response to sexual assault. Collaborative response of the University, and the city police departments has become the model for all town and colleges,” said US Attorney of Montana Michael Cotter

Friday’s announcement comes a month after federal investigators cleared the Missoula Police Department for fulfilling it's agreement with the DOJ as well.

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