Berkshire County hosts sexual assault investigation training
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BERKSHIRE COUNTY, Mass. -- Law enforcement in Berkshire County is learning how to handle a delicate situation. Police officers attended a one day training session Monday on how to properly conduct a sexual assault investigation.
Speakers covered the latest techniques on prosecution, technology and evidence collection.
Robert Kinzer, Assistant District Attorney for Berkshire County, says that sexual assault cases are difficult to prove, which is why the seminar is important.
Kinzer said, “Of every 100 rape cases that occur, only 45 or 46 are reported. Less than half of those are even cases that result in an arrest. From the ones that result in an arrest, you only have about nine that go to trial.”
Kinzer says he is excited that the Berkshire County DA's office is able to sponsor seminars like this, because they are typically cost-prohibitive for the smaller county police departments.