Local level SAEC policies/data (Lake County, MT)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Sheriff of Lake County, MT.
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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Montana Public Records Act, Article II, § 9, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Vanessa Nason

From: Sheriff

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Vanessa Nason


Yes, I would please still like the information, if you could give me a cost estimate that would be great.

For points 1 and 2–Do you know where I could find policies and procedures and/or written protocols on how the department handles sexual assault cases?

Thank you!


From: Sheriff

I would estimate $80 to produce these records. That
would be mostly for the time it takes the Evidence Tech
to find the information. If it is less than that, then we
will refund the balance.
In regards to the policies, I will have to ask the Sheriff
where to get that information. I’m assuming it would
be from one of the training deputies, but I’m not sure.

Sophie Seegers