What the NYPD’s SVU precinct really looks like

What the NYPD’s SVU precinct really looks like


>>>TONIGHT WE TAKE YOU INSIDE THE NYPD’S NEW SPECIAL VICTIMS DIVISION. THE GOAL, CREATING MORE WELCOMING SPACE FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT TO COME FORWARD. TRADITIONAL POLICE STATIONS MIGHT SEEM INTIMIDATING. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STACEY SAGER SHOWS US THE CHANGES. >>MY MESSAGE TO SURVIVORS IS CLEAR. PLEASE, COME FORWARD. >>Reporter: NYPD BRASS TODAY WITH AN UNPRECEDENTED LOOK INSIDE THIS BUILDING THAT, UNTIL NOW, SEEMED DAUNTING FOR MANY TRAUMATIZED VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. CHECK OUT THE RENOVATION, EVERYTHING FROM COLOR CHOICES TO MORE FAMILY-CENTRIC ROOMS ALL OF IT DELIBERATE SO THE SPECIAL VICTIMS DIVISION IS NOW A MORE COMFORTABLE PLACE TO REPORT VIOLENT CRIME. >>WHAT WE’RE DOING IS JUST REALLY MAKING A EFFORT TO GET BETTER AND EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING HAS BEEN DONE WITH THE SURVIVOR IN MIND. >>Reporter: THE “#METOO” MOVEMENT BROUGHT A SPIKE IN RAPE REPORTING WHICH IS NOW LEVELING OUT HERE IN NEW YORK CITY. BUT IT ALSO HIGHLIGHTED THE NEED OF POLICE AT ALL LEVELS OF THESE INVESTIGATIONS TO INTERVIEW VICTIMS WITH MORE SENSITIVITY SO INVESTIGATORS HAVE NOW RECEIVED MORE TRAUMA AND EMPATHY TRAINING. ONE OTHER BIG CHANGE? ADVOCATES FROM SAFE HORIZON STAFFED HERE AT ALL TIMES TO HELP ANSWER DIFFICULT QUESTIONS. >>>ARE THEY CONCERNED ABOUT GOING HOME, WHETHER THEY CAN SHOW UP FOR WORK THE NEXT DAY? >>Reporter: ALL OF THIS COMES ON THE HEELS OF A TOP-TO- BOTTOM REVIEW OF THESE FACILITIES BECAUSE ACCORDING TO A RECENT WATCHDOG REPORT, THE NYPD WAS LOSING THE TRUST OF RAPE VICTIMS. THEY WERE ALSO UNDERSTAFFED. TODAY THE POLICE COMMISSIONER REVEALING THAT THE CURRENT CASE LOADS ARE MORE MANAGEABLE, AN AVERAGE OF 61 CASES PER DETECTIVE NOW AS OPPOSED TO MORE

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