Local level SAEC polices/data (Collin County Sheriff's Office)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Collin County Sheriff's Office of Collin County, TX.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information 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") and processing:

• all standard operating procedures regarding the SAEC process

• any written policies or procedures regarding department practices on the acquisition of or handling of rape kit evidence, including protocols for its collection, testing, and delegation and transfer to all other possibly 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Jimmy Moody

May 12, 2017

Dear Mr. Lipton,

The Collin County Sheriff’s Office received your request for information under the Texas Public Information Act post marked 12:11 PM, May 2, 2017. I am responding within 10 business days.

I’ve numbered your bullet points no. 1 (starting “all standard operating procedures”) through no. 8 (starting “all proposed alterations”) for ease of reference.

I’ve attached _ pages of documents, which respond to your request nos. 1 and 2.

In addition, the Sheriff’s Office has nothing responsive to your request nos. 7 and 8.

In as far as I understand them, your request nos. 3, 4, and 5 are questions. Although the Sheriff’s Office will provide public information that is recorded information in practically any medium under § 552.002 of the Texas Government Code, questions fall outside the scope of the Act. No report exists that contains the information you seek in request nos. 3, 4, and 5.

Your request no. 6 requests “any materials regarding the status or ultimate disposition of cases in which a [rape] kit was collected. Please include all available segregable data.” No report exists that records the dispositions of cases in which a rape kit was collected. This is especially true for all cases between January 1, 2000 to May 12, 2017 (see request no. 3).

Best Regards,

Jim Moody
Sheriff’s Public Information Officer

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Jim Moody, Captain
Support Services Section
Collin County Sheriff’s Office
4300 Community Ave.
McKinney, TX 75071

From: Vanessa Nason

Hi,

Thank you for this! Just wondering if you have any data on the following:

• 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

From: Jimmy Moody

Mr. Lipton,
Previously answered see below:
In as far as I understand them, your request nos. 3, 4, and 5 are questions. Although the Sheriff’s Office will provide public information that is recorded information in practically any medium under § 552.002 of the Texas Government Code, questions fall outside the scope of the Act. No report exists that contains the information you seek in request nos. 3, 4, and 5.

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Jim Moody, Captain
Support Services Section
Collin County Sheriff’s Office
4300 Community Ave.
McKinney, TX 75071

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