Local level SAEC policies/data (Harrisburg, PA)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Harrisburg Police Department of Harrisburg, PA.


From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Vanessa Nason

From: Harrisburg Police Department

Hi Vanessa,

I wanted to take the time to follow up with you about your right to know request. I am the new Right to Know Officer for the City of Harrisburg, and am a new hire to the City. As such, there has been a period of transition during which Right to Know requests may not have been addressed in a particularly expedient way. I wanted to personally assure you that I am very nearly finished gathering all of your requested data, and am awaiting one final reference to include in my response to you. I anticipate having your completed response to you by week's end.

I thank you for your patience in this matter. For future reference, I will be the point of contact for any and all Right to Know requests, so going forward, please direct any requests to me directly to ensure responses are timely processed.

Tammy Life
Tammy Life
Legal Assistant
Right to Know Officer
City of Harrisburg - Law Bureau
10 N 2nd St Suite 03 Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717-255-6521
Email : tllife@harrisburgpa.gov

From: Harrisburg Police Department


My response is currently being reviewed by the Solicitor’s Office. As soon as I get approval, I will be forwarding the same to you. Thanks for your patience.


From: Harrisburg Police Department

Good afternoon Vanessa,

Apologies for the delay in your response. I am pleased to provide you with the same at this time.