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Unfounded and False Allegations. What do we mean by “false allegation?”. How false does an allegation have to be? How to address inconsistent or untrue statements. UCR Guidelines for Unfounding. Complaints can be unfounded if they are found to be false or baseless.

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unfounded and false allegations

Unfounded and False Allegations

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Successfully Investigating Acquaintance Sexual Assault: A National Training Manual for Law Enforcement“

Developed by the National Center for Women & Policing, with support provided by the

Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs (Grant #97-WE-VX-K004)

what do we mean by false allegation
What do we mean by“false allegation?”
  • How false does an allegation have to be?
  • How to address inconsistent or untrue statements.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Successfully Investigating Acquaintance Sexual Assault: A National Training Manual for Law Enforcement“

Developed by the National Center for Women & Policing, with support provided by the

Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs (Grant #97-WE-VX-K004)

ucr guidelines for unfounding
UCR Guidelines for Unfounding
  • Complaints can be unfounded if they are found to be false or baseless.
    • Investigation determines that no offense was completed or attempted.
    • Offenses are still recorded but scored as unfounded.

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Successfully Investigating Acquaintance Sexual Assault: A National Training Manual for Law Enforcement“

Developed by the National Center for Women & Policing, with support provided by the

Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs (Grant #97-WE-VX-K004)

factors commonly used to improperly unfound cases
Factors commonly used to improperly unfound cases
  • Victim gives inconsistent or untrue facts
  • Delayed reporting
  • Lack of visible physical injury
  • Relationship between victim or suspect
  • Recall of additional facts
  • Victim is vague about details of the assault
  • Victim fails a polygraph
  • Case is difficult to investigate

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Successfully Investigating Acquaintance Sexual Assault: A National Training Manual for Law Enforcement“

Developed by the National Center for Women & Policing, with support provided by the

Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs (Grant #97-WE-VX-K004)

consequences of improperly unfounding cases
Consequences of improperly unfounding cases
  • For police agencies, can lead to public scrutiny and pressure
  • For victims, can produce feelings of betrayal and negative effects on recovery
  • For public, creates a false sense of reality and deters future victims from reporting
  • For society, fuels the myth of false allegations

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Successfully Investigating Acquaintance Sexual Assault: A National Training Manual for Law Enforcement“

Developed by the National Center for Women & Policing, with support provided by the

Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs (Grant #97-WE-VX-K004)