Local level SAEC policies/data (Gardner, MA)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Gardner Police Department of Gardner, MA.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, 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.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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,

Vanessa Nason

From: Cheryl Blodgett

To Whom It May Concern:

Attached are The Gardner Police Department's standard operating procedures regarding the SAEC process.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Blodgett
Records Clerk
Gardner Police Department
200 Main Street
Gardner, MA 01440
978-632-5600 x130
cblodgett@gardner-ma.gov<mailto:cblodgett@gardner-ma.gov>

From: Vanessa Nason

Thank you! Do you have any information/data on the following points:

• 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: John Bernard

To whom it may concern;

As the keeper of the records, I am away in a extended command staff training out of state until September.
Being July, the detectives and admin staff are on vacation time, and remaining staff workloads, along with my absence will considerably delay the remaining records search you request.

When detective in charge of evidence and admin clerks are able, they will forward as much data as possible.

Sincerely
Deputy Chief Bernard.
Sent from my iPhone

From: Cheryl Blodgett

The Records Department does not have that information.

Your request for that portion has been forwarded to the Detective Unit.

From: Cheryl Blodgett

To Whom It May Concern:

I just wanted to keep you updated regarding your request for information. The Detective Unit is currently working on this data collection. Please keep in mind that because we are presently short staffed , we will need more time to fill your request.

Also, due to purging as statute allows, our records retention go back to January 1, 2002.

We will comply with your request as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience.

Cheryl Blodgett
Records Clerk
Gardner Police Department
200 Main Street
Gardner, MA 01440
978-632-5600 x130
cblodgett@gardner-ma.gov<mailto:cblodgett@gardner-ma.gov>

From: Cheryl Blodgett

Per your request.

From: Vanessa Nason

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Vanessa Nason

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