Salt Lake Reviews Policies After Smart Case Study

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The Salt Lake City Police Department may change its policies on disseminating information to the public as the result of an internal investigation into police procedure during the Elizabeth Smart investigation, the Deseret News says. The study, released yesterday, found no wrongdoing by the police department and will likely result in no police discipline, but Salt Lake Police Chief Rick Dinse said policy changes could be in order.

The investigation examined three specific rumors about the Smart family and the Elizabeth Smart investigation. In two cases, “the allegations to be unfounded” and in the third “there is insufficient evidence to support a conclusion as to whether the employee violated policy,” the report said.

“Morale has been hurt by this, certainly (the morale) of the detectives involved in this case,” Dinse told KSL-TV. “These detectives gave their heart to this thing. They lived this investigation for nine months.”


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