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Sex Crime Unit Understaffed

Investigators working for the state’s Sex Crime Unit take approximately 112 days to investigate sex crimes; in 2008 District Attorney Valtýr Sigurdsson declared the unit should not take more than 60 days to investigate individual sexual offenses unless further data from specialists is required.


From Reykjavík’s District Court.

The average investigation of a sexual offense still takes approximately 112 days, reports.

However, the chief of the department of criminal investigation, Fridrik Smári Björgvinsson, points out delays can be caused by various factors. “Where the perpetrator is unknown, or DNA testing is necessary, the detectives will not finish the investigation in time. The order does not take into consideration the length of time it takes to complete DNA testing so the statistics do not tell the whole story,” he told

In recent years, police officers from different departments such as the Fraud division have been recruited to assist the Sex Crime Unit in their investigations. “In order for them to do the job they must attend seminars or courses overseas, or work next to an experienced detective,” he told

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