Local level SAEC policies/data (Bellingham Police Department)

Paxtyn Merten filed this request with the Bellingham Police Department of Bellingham, WA.
Multi Request Local level SAEC policies/data


From: Paxtyn Merten

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all statistics, data, reports, audits, policies, and procedures pertaining to the following items regarding sexual assault evidence collection (SAEC) kits — also known as "rape kits":

• All standard operating procedures regarding the SAEC process

• Any written policies or procedures regarding department practices on the acquisition or handling of rape kit evidence, including protocols for its collection, testing, and delegation and transfer to all other relevant locations, laboratories, or agencies

• The number of kits collected and booked into evidence from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed

• The number of kits that have been processed by a public or private crime or forensic laboratory or equivalent processing location from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed

• The number of unprocessed kits in any storage facilities currently under the department’s jurisdiction and control, including those held by medical personnel or at external laboratory locations

• Any materials regarding the status or ultimate disposition of cases in which a kit was collected. Please include all available segregable data.

• All audits involving this agency regarding the collection or backlog of SAEC kits

• All proposed alterations or yet-to-be-implemented changes to the policies and procedures regarding the collection, testing, and use of SAEC kits

If there any questions about this request, please feel free to call us at the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Paxtyn Merten


Dear Sir or Madam,

Please see attached acknowledgement letter.

Thank you, Melissa

Melissa J. Hedrick |Evidence Specialist
Bellingham Police Department
505 Grand Avenue| Bellingham, WA 98225
*: 360.778.8741|*: mjhedrick@cob.org<mailto:mjhedrick@cob.org>

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From: Bellingham Police Department

We are currently working on the dispositions portion of the request. We would need approximately two more weeks to complete.

Thank you, Melissa

From: Bellingham Police Department

Paxtyn Merten,

Attached is a PDF of our findings of the status and dispositions portion of your request.

Sgt. Ken Brown #155
Evidence and Identification Bureau
Bellingham Police Department
505 Grand Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 778-8743 Main
(360) 778-8822 Desk

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