Sexual Assault Evidence Collection (Pennsylvania State Police)

Ginette Walls filed this request with the Pennsylvania State Police of Pennsylvania.
Tracking #

2016-0943

Due Sept. 7, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Ginette Walls

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all policies, procedures, memorandums, directives, and any other guiding materials regarding matters pertaining to the collection, maintenance, transfer, and disposal of sexual assault evidence collection kits (also known as “sexual assault kit”, “sexual offense evidence collection kit”, “sexual assault forensic evidence kit”, “physical evidence recovery kit”, “rape test kit”, or “rape kit”), including, but not limited, to the following:

- Policies and procedures related to the initial collection of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures regarding the timeframe of the collection and testing of sexual assault evidence collection kits including the timeframe required for sexual assault evidence collection kits testing by the examiner (also known as “sexual assault examiners”, “sexual assault nurse examiners”, or “sexual assault forensic examiners”).
- All mechanisms by which sexual assault evidence collection kits are or can be tested including all designated facilities where sexual assault evidence collection kits can be performed.
- Policies and procedures regarding the maintenance and transfer of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures concerning a petition to test a sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures related to the process of checking the status of a sexual assault evidence collection kits and the notification provided to survivors regarding their sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures regarding reports generated of both tested and untested sexual assault evidence collection kits, mandatory or voluntary reporting requirements regarding both tested and untested sexual assault evidence collection kits, and audits of the numbers of both tested and untested sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures regarding the statute of limitations for maintenance and or storage of sexual assault evidence collection kits, both tested and untested.

Please include all available segregable data.

Please also provide all available data, statistics, or reports regarding matters pertaining to the collection, maintenance, transfer, and disposal of sexual assault evidence collection kits (also known as “sexual assault kit”, “sexual offense evidence collection kit”, “sexual assault forensic evidence kit”, “physical evidence recovery kit”, “rape test kit”, or “rape kit”), including, but not limited, to those materials related to the following specific elements of the sexual assault evidence collection process:

- The collection of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Timeframes of collection and testing of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Maintenance and transfer of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Petitions to test sexual assault evidence collection kits. (Please note this is not a request for identifying or confidential information of survivors or their cases or sexual assault evidence collection kits. This is a request for the numbers of petitions to test sexual assault evidence collection kits.)
- Requests to check the status of sexual assault evidence collection kits. (Please note this is not a request for identifying or confidential information of survivors or their cases or sexual assault evidence collection kits. This is a request for the numbers of requests to check sexual assault evidence collection kits status(es).)
- Notification given to survivors regarding their sexual assault evidence collection kits (Please note this is not a request for identifying or confidential information of survivors or their cases or sexual assault evidence collection kits. This is a request for the numbers of notifications given to survivors regarding their sexual assault evidence collection kits status.)
- Reports and audits generated of both tested and untested sexual assault evidence collection kits, issued by mandatory or voluntary reporting requirements

Should your agency believe that any additional policies, procedures, reports or other analysis pertaining to the collection, maintenance, transfer, and disposal of sexual assault evidence collection kits (also known as “sexual assault kit”, “sexual offense evidence collection kit”, “sexual assault forensic evidence kit”, “physical evidence recovery kit”, “rape test kit”, or “rape kit”), or any related issues may reside with another agency or agencies, indication of such agencies would be greatly appreciated.

Please notify us if further clarification is necessary.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ginette Walls

From: SP, PSP RIGHT TO KNOW

Ms. Walls,

Your Right to Know Request was received on December 21, 2016 and an interim response will be mailed out
December 28, 2016.

Thank you

From: Pennsylvania State Police

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: SP, PSP RIGHT TO KNOW

Ms. Walls,

RTKL request 2016-0943 was received December 21, 2016. A five day interim response was placed in the mail December 28, 2016 notifying
you that your request is being reviewed and the PSP will require up to an additional 30 days. A final response will be placed in the mail on or
before January 31 , 2017.

Thank you

From: SP, PSP RIGHT TO KNOW

Ms. Walls,

Please contact our office regarding RTKL request 2016-0943 at 1-877-785-7771.

Thank you
Ms. Ferguson

From: SP, PSP RIGHT TO KNOW

Ms. Walls,

Please contact the RTKL office at 1-877-785-7771 concerning your request 2016-0943.

Ms. Ferguson

From: SP, PSP RIGHT TO KNOW

Ms. Walls,

Please contact the RTKL office at 1-877-785-7771 concerning your request 2016-0943.

Ms. Ferguson

From: Pennsylvania State Police

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Pennsylvania State Police

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Pennsylvania State Police

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Caitlin Russell

Hello,

Enclosed is a check for $28.60 to pay the balance of Right to Know request #2016-0943. The original request is copied below.

Thank you.

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi there,

Has your office received the check for this request? If not, another can be resent.

Thank you.

From: Pennsylvania State Police

Good Morning,

Check number 1509 was received on October 17, 2017 for RTK request 2016-0943.

Thank you

Lissa M. Ferguson | Legal Assistant 2 | Deputy AORO
Pennsylvania State Police
Right-to-Know Law/Subpoena Section
1800 Elmerton Avenue | Harrisburg PA 17110
Phone: RTK: 1.877.785.7771|Fax: 717.525.5795
www.psp.pa.gov

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