Local level SAEC policies/data (Juneau)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Police Department of Juneau, AK.
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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Alaska 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

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: Cindy Ruby

Ms. Nason,

I have received your request and I’ve attached our record request ordinance. The information you are requesting is more than a simple request so we will require more time to compile what information we can gather for you. Our evidence custodian will be out of the office until October 9th and at that time we will review the request with her.

Thank you,

Cindy Ruby
Juneau Police Department

From: Cindy Ruby

Ms. Nason:

Per your request, I’ve attached the Juneau Police Department’s Inventory of Sex Assault kits. I have also attached the section of our policy pertaining to sex assault investigations (JPD Policy 4.211 Sex Assault Investigations) that is pertinent to your request.

I suggest you contact the Alaska Department of Public Safety for all other inquiries, as we do not have that information available to us.

Thank you,

Cindy Ruby
Juneau Police Department
Police Records Supervisor

From: Vanessa Nason

Hi,

Thank you for this! I'm just wondering if you could help me understand what the different reasons for the case not being prosecuted are? The spreadsheet lists "inactive, decline pros, unfounded, and chg for." What does "Chg For" mean? What makes a case inactive? What makes a case unfounded? When listing "deceased," does that mean the victim or the suspect?

Thanks,
Vanessa

From: Cindy Ruby

Vanessa,

I received your further request and as soon as I get that information for you I will send it your way! I will be out of the office the rest of the week but hope to have an answer for you next week.

Thank you,

Cindy

From: Police Department

Ms. Nason,

Here are the definitions you asked about:

Inactive - a case is inactive when JPD has exhausted the investigation, there is not enough information to pursue criminal charges or the suspect is unknown. If new information is received, the case may move into an active status again.
Declined Pros – Prosecuting Attorney declined to take the case
Chg For – Charges were filed by JPD and sent to the Prosecutors
Unfounded – It was determined that no crime was attempted or committed as determined by the investigation
Agency Assist – JPD was involved at the request of another agency. JPD is not the primary investigating agency
Pending – Active investigation or waiting on another agency
2004-005170 – Deceased subject was the victim

Thank you,

Cindy

From: Vanessa Nason

Thank you!

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