NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 29 Apr, 2021 05:30 am

Police to amalgamate Wellington District's Adult Sexual Assault units

Police to amalgamate Wellington District's Adult Sexual Assault units
New team will work alongside the centralised Child Protection Team.

Photo / File Work is underway to combine all of Wellington's police Adult Sexual Assault units into one response team.The Herald can reveal plans are in motion to join the four Wellington District Adult Sexual Assault (ASA) teams into a centralised location, where they will work alongside the centralised Child Protection Team."If the rape or sexual assault has just happened then you should contact police as soon as possible by calling 111.Reports of sexual assaults and related offences have gone from 157 in 2015 to 230 in 2020, overall a 46 per cent increase inside the Wellington police boundary.

A police spokesperson told the Herald that while the change is in its initial stages, planning has been underway for some time." The spokesperson told the Herald survivors can still report an assault weeks, months or even years later - information and advice is available on the police website.

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