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Our request for data and policies regarding the collection, maintenance, and testing of backlogged rape kits in Dallas shows that, as of May 2017, more than 1,000 kits still have not been submitted to crime labs. Of those submitted, only 50% have been tested, and just 35% of those tested have been uploaded into CODIS.
The SAFER Working Group combined authorities from local police departments, the FBI, state crime laboratories, government institutions, colleges, medical examiners, and nurses, which met for more than two years before penning the first federal guidelines for sexual assault evidence collection. This document is undeniably a step in the right direction, but will local law enforcement agencies and state and private laboratories implement these recommendations?
Memos found in the CIA’s CREST database show the planning stages of the Agency’s annual Halloween party in 1980. If you were lucky enough to be guest list, then you were looking at an evening of cocktails, lively conversation, and of course, ferocious jelly-bean counting competition.
In some cities, law enforcement officers follow clear guidelines on how to conduct victim interviews and handle evidence. But in Lowell, Massachusetts, the police department maintains no specific procedures regarding sexual assault response and no data on how many rape kits and haven’t been tested.
Great sexual assault evidence collection policies exist, but continue to be the exception to the rule
The best sexual assault policies adopted by this country’s law enforcement agencies illustrate a careful balancing act - Gardner, Massachusetts, with its victim-focused approach, a team of officers trained in handling sexual assault, and clear evidence collection policies, stands out. But until every police department in the country has these, the national backlog will continue to exist.
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|Local level SAEC policies/data (Pine Plains Town Police Department)||Awaiting Acknowledgement||Pine Plains Police Department||Pine Plains, NY|
|Local level SAEC policies/data (Philmont Village Police Department)||Awaiting Acknowledgement||Philmont Village Police Department||Philmont, NY|
|SAEC policies/data (New Mexico Dept. of Public Safety)||Awaiting Acknowledgement||New Mexico Department of Public Safety||New Mexico|
|SAEC polices/data (Georgia Bureau of Investigation)||Awaiting Acknowledgement||Georgia Bureau of Investigation||Georgia|
|BPD Free Speech Rally Arrest Reports||Awaiting Acknowledgement||Boston Police Department||Boston, MA|