Local level SAEC policies/data (Merced, California)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Merced Police Department of Merced, CA.

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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: Tresidder, John

Ms. Nason,

The City of Merced is currently compiling data in response to your records request regarding SAEC kits. These statistics are not readily accessible records that are maintained by the City so we are requesting an additional 14 days to compile and send them to you electronically as requested [Gov Code 6253(c)(4)]. Also, the need to consult with the outside agency that maintains some of the records will be required[Gov Code 6253(c)(3)]. We expect have available records emailed to you on or before June 26, 2017. If you like, I can send available records to you as they are reviewed by the Attorney's office or send them as one response when they are compiled and reviewed. Please let me know which you prefer. Thank you in advance.

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John Tresidder
Assistant City Clerk
City of Merced | 678 W. 18th Street | Merced, CA 95340
(209) 388-7122 | tresidderj@cityofmerced.org<mailto:tresidderj@cityofmerced.org> | www.cityofmerced.org<http://www.cityofmerced.org/>
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From: Vanessa Nason

Hi,

Please send as one response once complete. Thank you!

Best,
Vanessa

From: Tresidder, John

Ms. Nason,

Please find attached documents responsive to your Public Records Request of June 2, 2017 regarding SAEC kits. The attached documents are responsive to bullet points number one and number two. As for the final bullet point, there are currently no changes being considered at this time. In regards to the data requested in the other bullet points, due to the voluminous amount of data and the time period requested, the City still requires more time to compile and sort through the data. We expect to have the requested numbers on or before July 24th, 2017. Thank you.

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John Tresidder
Assistant City Clerk
City of Merced | 678 W. 18th Street | Merced, CA 95340
(209) 388-7122 | tresidderj@cityofmerced.org<mailto:tresidderj@cityofmerced.org> | www.cityofmerced.org<http://www.cityofmerced.org/>
Follow us on Twitter: @MercedCityClerk

From: Vanessa Nason

Thank you! Do you have any data for the following:

• 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

From: Tresidder, John

Ms. Nason,

Please find below responses to your records request. Also please find attached additional documents responsive to this request. The City has no other documents responsive to your request. Thank you.

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John Tresidder
Assistant City Clerk
City of Merced | 678 W. 18th Street | Merced, CA 95340
(209) 388-7122 | tresidderj@cityofmerced.org<mailto:tresidderj@cityofmerced.org> | www.cityofmerced.org<http://www.cityofmerced.org/>
Follow us on Twitter: @MercedCityClerk

To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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
Attached
* 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
Attached

* 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 collected and booked into evidence from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed = 408

* 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 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 = 87

* 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

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 = 177

* any materials regarding the status or ultimate disposition of cases in which a kit was collected. Please include all available segregable data.

Any materials regarding the status or ultimate disposition of cases in which a kit was collected.

= 109 cleared/closed cases I 239 open cases

* all audits involving this agency regarding the collection or backlog of SAEC kits
No responsive documents
* all proposed alterations or yet-to-be-implemented changes to the policies and procedures regarding the collection, testing, and use of SAEC kits
No responsive documents
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 calendar days, as the statute requires.
Sincerely,
Vanessa Nason
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