Local level SAEC policies/data (Hudson City Police Department)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Hudson Police Department of Hudson, NY .
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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (1977 N.Y. Laws ch. 933), 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.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: Theresa A. Bryce

To Vanessa Nason,

Chief Michael Burks received your request for information regarding SAEC Policies/Data for the Hudson MA Police Department. I have attached the Operating Procedures regarding the SAEC process and the written policies regarding department policies on the acquisition of or handling of rape kit evidence. The number of kits collected from the period of January 1, 2000 to date is 29. There have been no audits regarding backlog of SAEC kits. As well as there are no proposed alterations or yet-to-be implemented changes to the policies and procedures regarding the collection, testing, and use of SAEC kits.

As for the rest of your requests, this data would have to be created, therefore making them an exemption, per Massachusetts Records Laws.

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Terri Bryce
Hudson Police/Fire/EMS
Communications Supervisor/Records
911 Municipal Drive
Hudson MA 01749
Main (978) 562-7122
Direct (978) 568-9628
Fax (978) 568-9660
tbryce@townofhudson.org

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