local level SAEC policies/data (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department of Indianapolis, IN.
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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Indiana Access to Public Records 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

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Good afternoon, Ms. Nason,

I am writing to confirm receipt of your submitted request for public records which was received by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department ("IMPD"). I would like to apologize for the delay in responding to your request; we experienced a glitch with our records request email account and I only received your request yesterday.

IMPD has initiated a search of its public records to identify and collect those records, if any, that are responsive to your request. Upon completion of that task, any records found will be inspected to determine whether they contain any material that by statute shall or may be withheld from public inspection and copying. You will be notified when this has been completed. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Marianne McCalip
Paralegal
Office of the Chief
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

From: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Good afternoon, Ms. Nason,

You recently contacted the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) in reference to policies and information relating to SAEC kits.

In reference to bullet point #2:

Attached responsive documents. Please be advised that the document labeled SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) Protocol is in the process of being updated and revised and there are likely numerous policies and / or processes that are no longer in effect or have changed. For instance, IMPD is not responsible for the transportion of the kits, the Marion County Crimbe Lab does that.

In response to bullet point #3:

The number of kits collected and booked into evidence from January 1, 2000 to March 17, 2018 is 5,066.

In respect to bullet point #5

This information is not something that our software has ever tracked. The only way to find out this information would be to send every rape kit case # to the crime lab and have them check each one to see if it has been processed.

The remaining items from your request should be directed towards the Marion County Crime Lab.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Sincerley,

Marianne McCalip
Paralegal
Office of the Chief
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

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