Local level SAEC policies/data (Des Moines)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Des Moines Police Department of Des Moines, IA.


From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law, 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.


Vanessa Nason

From: Des Moines Police Department

Good afternoon...

We are in receipt of your records request. A search of email, using key words and sender address, does not show this request arriving to us in March. Due to the content and volume of this request, we will provide you with a cost estimate, if we determine there will be an expense, prior to beginning any work on this request.

There may be documents already prepared that contain some of the information you have requested. I will gather those and forward them to you. If those satisfy your request, please let me know. If not, please let me know what is needed additionally.

Thank you...

Sgt. Paul Parizek

Public Information Officer, Media Office

Des Moines Police Department

(515) 720-4043

From: Des Moines Police Department

Attached are the 2 spread sheets of sex kits. – The first list includes kits we have disposed of and the second spread sheet is all the kits we still have. Also attached are related policy.

These are the documents that our agency has. Please review, and let me know if you need additional information.

All Sex kits – 1369

Kit Sent to DCI Lab – 198

Not Sent to DCI Kit Only – 204

Not Sent to DCI Pros Decline – 75

Not Sent to DCI Crime Not Occr – 57

Not Sent to DCI Victim Not Cooperating – 377

Not Sent to DCI Suspect Admission – 64

Not Sent to DCI No Evidentiary Value – 46

Not Sent to DCI Other Exp – 38

Trans – Connected to outside Agency - 7

Sgt. Paul Parizek

Public Information Officer, Media Office

Des Moines Police Department

(515) 720-4043