OffbeatUniversity of Utah says shooting death of Lauren McCluskey could not have been prevented, DESPITE report finding police under staffing and gaps in training

23:20  19 december  2018
23:20  19 december  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Despite police under staffing and lack of training , officials say the shooting death of University of Utah student athlete Lauren McCluskey could not have Lauren McCluskey , 21, was killed by ex-boyfriend Melvin Rowland, 37, in October, prompting an independent review of campus police by the

More than three weeks before Lauren McCluskey was killed on campus by an older man she had dated, two of her friends told staff at University of But risks went unrecognized before the slaying of Utah student Lauren McCluskey . (Photo courtesy of Jill McCluskey ) In this undated photo, Lauren

Despite police under staffing and lack of training, officials say the shooting death of University of Utah student athlete Lauren McCluskey could not have been prevented.

University of Utah revealed their findings from an independent review of campus police Wednesday, which found the department of public safety to be 'understaffed' and having 'gaps in training.'

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22, 2018, shooting death of University of Utah student-athlete Lauren McCluskey and the weeks 12: Lauren McCluskey contacted university police , reporting she had received suspicious 23 • University Police Chief Dale Brophy told reporters that his officers could not find Rowland in the

Lauren was a model student athlete at the University of Utah with an outstanding GPA. The police ran a check and found that he had been convicted of forcible sex abuse. If our daughter’s death could not have been prevented after she reached out to campus police so many times, we have to

The review was conducted in the aftermath of 21-year-old McCluskey's death when she was found murdered in a car by ex-boyfriend and registered sex offender Melvin Rowland, 37, weeks after she reported his behavior to the University and it failed to act.

University of Utah's President Ruth Watkins said Wednesday that they will implement the recommendations from the review, but added the report 'does not offer us reason to believe this tragedy could have been prevented'.

The report found a program called O Track, or offender tracking, failed to notify officers that Rowland was out on parole after serving nine years in prison for sexually abusing a minor.

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University police , she said , will be asked to re-evaluate how the department prioritizes cases after the delay in responding to McCluskey . The university ’s review is one of multiple inquiries into whether Utah law enforcement made mistakes in supervising Rowland and handling McCluskey ’s complaints

Jill McCluskey frantically called campus dispatchers. Her daughter, a student at the University of Utah , was going to pick up her Jeep from a man she had just broken up with Dispatch calls from Lauren McCluskey and her parents to campus police have been released by the University of Utah .

McCluskey broke up with Rowland after a month of dating when she learned he had been lying about his name, age, and his criminal past.

She reported him to campus police twice afterwards, on October 12 and 13 and was working with a detective to build a case against him.

Rowland could have been jailed for violating his parole in the harassment, but university police never flagged him to parole officials due to the failure in the O Track system.

Campus police were also unable to track him down in the days leading up to when he fatally shot McCluskey, of Pullman, Washington as she was walking home from night class.

He turned the gun on himself just a few hours later after being cornered by police.

Watkins said Wednesday: 'Melvin Rowland was a criminal, a manipulative evil criminal. He exploited countless individuals.'

Commissioner of Public Safety John T Nielsen called him 'a very clever, very bright career criminal.'

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12, McCluskey reported to campus police that she was receiving suspicious texts and emails from McCluskey called police again the next day to say Rowland or his friends had extorted her with a threat to But university police had not contacted parole officials. “If the parole agent has enough

Police said Melvin Rowland fatally shot McCluskey , of Pullman, Washington, on Oct. University of Utah ’s claim that her murder could not have been prevented — and they want university staff disciplined. Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune.

The university outlined several steps they will be taking to ensure the student's safety, which include streamlining the reporting process for cases that potentially involve personal safety, directing police officers to conduct mandatory offender information checks and evaluating current record management systems.

'I am holding myself and my leadership team responsible for making these changes,' Watkins said.

'Our commitment to Lauren, her friends and family, as well as our students, parents, staff, faculty and community is that safety will continue to be a top priority at the University of Utah,' she added.

The university said it will also add staff in the University of Utah’s Behavioral Intervention Team, Department of Public Safety (UUPS) and Housing and Residential Education (HRE), as well as train officers and HRE in the Lethality Assessment Program.

'We are acting on all the insights and recommendations in the review team's report, which identified gaps in our training, awareness and enforcement of certain policies and offers us a roadmap for strengthening security on our campus,' Watkins said.

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