Local level SAEC polices/data (Myrtle Beach Police Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Myrtle Beach Police Department of Myrtle Beach, SC.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the South Carolina Freedom of Information 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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: James Battle

Please see the Myrtle Beach Police Department's attached response to your FOIA request. If you have any questions, please let me know.

-James

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JAMES R. BATTLE
BATTLE LAW FIRM, <http://www.battlevaught.com/> LLC
P.O. BOX 530
1200 MAIN STREET
CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA 29528
(843)248-4321
jbattle@battlelawsc.com<mailto:jbattle@battlelawsc.com>

From: James Battle

Please see attached the MBPD's amended response to your FOIA request. If you have any question, please let me know.

-James

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Please be advised that this e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential attorney-client communications or may otherwise be privileged or confidential and are intended solely for the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, please do not read, copy or retransmit this communication but destroy it immediately. Any unauthorized dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited.

JAMES R. BATTLE
BATTLE LAW FIRM, <http://www.battlevaught.com/> LLC
P.O. BOX 530
1200 MAIN STREET
CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA 29528
(843)248-4321
jbattle@battlelawsc.com<mailto:jbattle@battlelawsc.com>

From: Vanessa Nason

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! Unfortunately, the url for the policies and procedures manual doesn't seem to be working. Is there an updated link?

Thanks,
Vanessa Nason

From: James Battle

Vanessa,

I’ve contacted MBPD, and their IT department is looking into the issue. In the meantime, attached is the MBPD’s policies and procedures manual from 2015.

Thanks,

James

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Please be advised that this e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential attorney-client communications or may otherwise be privileged or confidential and are intended solely for the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, please do not read, copy or retransmit this communication but destroy it immediately. Any unauthorized dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited.

JAMES R. BATTLE
BATTLE LAW FIRM, <http://www.battlevaught.com/> LLC
P.O. BOX 530
1200 MAIN STREET
CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA 29528
(843)248-4321
jbattle@battlelawsc.com<mailto:jbattle@battlelawsc.com>

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