Local level SAEC policies/data (Plant City, FL)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Plant City Police Department of Plant City, FL.


From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), 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: Plant City Police Department

We acknowledge the receipt of your Public Records request. Once the information you requested is gathered, it will be sent to you.

Thank you.

Candace Colding

Records Technician

Plant City Police Department

One Police Place Police Center Drive

Plant City, FL 33563

Office: [ callto:813-707- 2241 | 813-757-9200 ]

Fax: [ callto:813-757-9124 | 813-757-9121 ]


From: Plant City Police Department

Attached are the procedures that include information on handling sexual batteries. The Plant City Police Department collected and booked 64 kits during the time period requested. We had 43 kits processed during the same time period. Currently, there are 5 unprocessed kits in our custody. We do not track dispositions. There have been no audits on SAEC kits. There are no changes pending.