§ 9.1-1301

Sexual assault policies for law-enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth; memoranda of understanding with institutions of higher education

A. The Virginia Department of State Police and the police and sheriff’s departments of every political subdivision in the Commonwealth and every campus police department shall establish written policies and procedures regarding a law-enforcement officer’s response to an alleged criminal sexual assault in violation of Article 7 (§ 18.2-61 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2. Such policies shall, at a minimum, provide guidance as to the department’s policy on (i) training; (ii) compliance with §§ 19.2-9.1 and 19.2-165.1; (iii) transportation of alleged sexual assault victims; and (iv) the provision of information on legal and community resources available to alleged victims of sexual assault.

B. The primary law-enforcement agency of each locality that contains a public institution of higher education or nonprofit private institution of higher education shall cooperate in establishing a written memorandum of understanding with any such institution of higher education, if requested, to address the prevention of and response to criminal sexual assault as set forth in Article 7 (§ 18.2-61 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2.


2008, cc. 600, 771; 2016, c. 481.


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