UM, city hire expert to evaluate changes to sexual assault response

By May 17, 2013

by Martin Kidston

Independent Record

 

MISSOULA — With other colleges watching, the University of Montana will contract with a national expert on police response to sex crimes to help evaluate changes being made to the school’s Office of Public Safety.

Thomas R. Tremblay, the former chief of police for the city of Burlington, Vt., will measure the progress made by UM’s campus police department as it works to improve its response to sexual assaults on campus.

The DOJ recommended the move last week and the university agreed, as did the Missoula Police Department. The city and university hope to share the costs of retaining Tremblay’s services, which aren’t to exceed $30,000, according to UM legal counsel...