Local level SAEC polices/data (New Orleans)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the New Orleans Police Department of New Orleans, LA.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

18-3537

Status
Completed

Communications

From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the the Louisiana 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: New Orleans Police Department

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Thank you.

From: New Orleans Police Department

Your first City of New Orleans record request (request number 18-3537) has been submitted. It is currently unpublished and is not available for the general public to view.
Thank you, our office has received your Public Records Law request.  Your request has been forwarded to the City department or office which is the custodian of the records you requested. The custodian will determine whether responsive records exist, and if so, compile the records for your review.
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Thank you,
City Attorney's Office City of New Orleans


From: New Orleans Police Department

The due date for record request #18-3537 has been changed to: July 20, 2018

From: New Orleans Police Department

Your request has been published.

From: New Orleans Police Department

The due date for record request #18-3537 has been changed to: August 07, 2018

From: New Orleans Police Department

Your request has been closed.

From: New Orleans Police Department


Ms. Nason,
Please be advised that NOPD does not track the information requested numbers 5, 6, 7 & 8.
* A complete copy of NOPD's Policy and Procedure Manual is located online at https://www.nola.gov/nopd/policies/
* The number of sexual assault kits logged into central evidence and property from January 1st, 2000 to August 6th, 2018 is (2,606 sexual assault kits).
* The number of rape kits collected and booked into police evidence each year since 2012. This includes UNREPORTED sexual assault kits. UNREPORTED sexual assault kits are maintained by the NOPD indefinitely. These UNREPORTED sexual assault kits are not processed as the victim wished no police involvement.
2012 199
2013 223
2014 217
2015                260
2016                315
2017                61 Total               1,275 The number of rape kits that have been        processed by a public or private crime or forensic laboratory in each of those years.
2012                85
2013                116
2014                94
2015                189
2016                245
2017                46 Total               775



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