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DoD OIG — Evaluation of the Military Criminal Investigative Organizations Sexual Assault Investigations

Evaluation of the Military Criminal Investigative Organizations Sexual Assault Investigations (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General

We evaluated the Military Criminal Investigative Organizations’ (MCIOs’) sexual assault investigations completed in 2010 to determine whether they completed investigations as required by DoD, Military Service, and MCIO guidance. Our evaluation focused on the following question:

Did the MCIOs investigate sexual assaults as required by guiding policies and procedures?

• Most MCIO investigations (89 percent) met or exceeded the investigative standards.

• We returned cases with significant deficiencies (11 percent) to the MCIOs for corrective action.

• Although 83 cases had no deficiencies, most of the remaining investigations had deficiencies that were not deemed significant.

• The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) policy guidance does not direct the collection of clothing articles that a victim or suspect might have placed on themselves shortly after the assault, if different from the clothing worn during the assault.

• Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) policy does not require NCIS investigators to notify or coordinate with their servicing judge advocate(s) upon initiating an investigation.

• CID guidance regarding records checks does not provide a definitive timeliness requirement. NCIS policy on this topic needs improvement.

• NCIS needs policy to require Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) notifications and documentation.

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