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Green Bay Police Department
Friday January 18th, 2019 :: 02:44 p.m. CST


Letter to the Community from Chief Andrew Smith

January 18, 2019
To the Citizens of Green Bay,
Like many of you I am deeply concerned about the frequency of sexual abuse allegations that are made against people in positions of trust in our community. Regardless of who the abuser is, there is only one appropriate entity that can be trusted to conduct a full, fair, impartial, and professional investigation: local law enforcement. In the City of Green Bay, it is the responsibility of the Green Bay Police Department to investigate these crimes.

Regardless of who the alleged abuser is, it is critical that all abuse allegations are investigated thoroughly and professionally. Evidence must be collected, records must be protected from destruction and most importantly, victims must get the critical support and services they need.

Sexual abuse and sexual violence are serious criminal matters. Sexual assault crimes have the potential to leave lifelong psychological scars for victims and their families. Sexual assault victims are at even greater risk if the incident is not handled in the most professional and compassionate manner possible. For this reason, the Green Bay Police Department, and other local law enforcement agencies partner with our local experts in the field, the Sexual Assault Center, and the Child Advocacy Center. They assist us whenever we speak with victims of sexual assault. We have experienced detectives who are specially trained and certified in the performance of forensic interviews with victims of sensitive crimes. No other organizations are better positioned, nor are any more appropriate, to investigate these sensitive matters.

Our highly trained law enforcement professionals excel at interviewing, investigating and gathering the appropriate evidence to determine if there is probable cause to believe a crime occurred. We assist the Brown County District Attorney’s Office with the successful criminal prosecution of sexual abusers.

In order to get successful prosecutions, hold abusers criminally responsible and protect our most vulnerable potential victims in the future, it is essential that any allegations of sexual abuse or assault be reported to law enforcement immediately. We owe it to the victims to do everything possible to prevent incidents from occurring and to hold those responsible for the harm they inflict on our most vulnerable community members. The only way to ensure that happens is to report any allegations of sexual abuse to your local law enforcement agency.

Additionally, I call on any organization to turn over evidence and records of any alleged or substantiated criminal wrongdoing that is in their possession or control.

Andrew J. Smith,
Chief of Police
Green Bay Police Department

Green Bay Police Department
307 South Adams Street
Green Bay, WI 54301

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