Offbeat: University of Utah says shooting death of Lauren McCluskey could not have been prevented, DESPITE report finding police under staffing and gaps in training - PressFrom - US

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
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Four days after she broke up with Melvin Rowland, Lauren McCluskey was getting texts and She sent the money and called University of Utah police . But detectives did not open a formal investigation until Oct. Current print subscribers can add digital access for a discounted rate of .99 per month.

University of Utah senior Lauren McCluskey had discovered the man she was dating was a registered sex offender. Parole officials also say that university police did not tell them that McCluskey alleged Rowland was harassing her. When parolees are accused of new crimes, they

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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Lauren McCluskey , a University of Utah track athlete, was shot dead on University police found Lauren McCluskey 's body in the back seat of a car on campus after her worried mother called Chief: Police reports filed earlier this month. Brophy said there were police reports filed on October 12

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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 of Utah student athlete was on phone with mother when she was shot dead. Police arrested Melvin Rowland, 37, as a suspect in the shooting death of a University of Utah student The detective had been in contact with Ms. McCluskey , and they were working on the case with our

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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University of Utah police saw Lauren McCluskey ’s extortion complaint as one that could wait. Hours after McCluskey was fatally shot on Oct. 22, police found Rowland dead by suicide in a Salt University police appear to have been basing decisions about how to proceed, at least in part, on

When University of Utah student and heptathlete Lauren McCluskey first reported that she was getting harassing messages from friends of a man McCluskey showed a University of Utah police officer screenshots of her messages with Rowland, who demanded ,000 or else he would distribute

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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