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

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Horry County Police Department of Horry County, SC.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the South Carolina Freedom of 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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi there,

Thank you so much for your phone call this afternoon. As we discussed, your agency should no longer worry about the processing of this request, since I'll be forwarding it to the Horry County Police Department.

Thanks so much for your time. I hope you have a lovely week.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the South Carolina Freedom of 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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Dotson, Krystal

Good morning!

The total number of kits is 1550. The policies requested are attached. All other information is exempt.

Thank you,

Krystal Dotson | Public Information Officer
Horry County Government
Horry County Police Department
2560 N Main Street, Suite 7, Conway, South Carolina 29526
Tel: (843) 915-7982 | Fax: (843) 381-0958 | dotson.krystal@horrycounty.org<mailto:dotson.krystal@horrycounty.org>
www.horrycounty.org<http://www.horrycounty.org/>

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Dotson,

Thank you so much for this! I'm hoping you can help clarify the 1550. Is that the total number of kits that have been collected, and, if so, would there be more specific information regarding their current status?

Thanks again for all of your help. I hope you have a lovely holiday weekend!

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Dotson, Krystal

Yes! The number of kits that have been collected.

Krystal Dotson
Public Information Officer
Horry County Police Department
dotson.krystal@horrycounty.org<mailto:dotson.krystal@horrycounty.org>

From: MuckRock

Hello Ms. Dotson,

Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly! Would it be possible to obtain more specific information on how those numbers break down? For example, the number of those that have been tested, are awaiting testing, etc.? If you like, we can discuss over the phone. The office number is 617-299-1832. We're happy to schedule a time, if that would be more convenient.

Thanks so much for your help!

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Dotson, Krystal

Beryl,

1550 is the number of kits collected.

Thanks,

Krystal Dotson | Public Information Officer
Horry County Government
Horry County Police Department
2560 N Main Street, Suite 7, Conway, South Carolina 29526
Tel: (843) 915-7982 | Fax: (843) 381-0958 | dotson.krystal@horrycounty.org<mailto:dotson.krystal@horrycounty.org>
www.horrycounty.org<http://www.horrycounty.org/>

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