Local level SAEC polices/data (Portland, ME)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Portland Police Department of Portland, ME.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maine Freedom of Access Act ("FOAA"), 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.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by 1 M.R.S.A. § 408(6). The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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,

Vanessa Nason

From: Portland Police Department

Hello, Ms. Nason.

The Portland Police Department has received your FOAA request regarding the
department's handling of sexual assault evidence collection kits and
processing. I will be reviewing your request and determining what
information is available for public release in the coming weeks. I will
have a response to your request as soon as possible.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

BethAnne Poliquin
Police Attorney

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From: Portland Police Department

Your request for "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")" will be
available in approximately two (2) weeks.

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Notice: Under Maine law, documents - including e-mails - in the possession
of public officials or city employees about government business may be
classified as public records. There are very few exceptions. As a result,
please be advised that what is written in an e-mail could be released to
the public and/or the media if requested.

From: Portland Police Department

This address is fine. We have a large amount of FOAA's we are responding
to right now. We will get to your request as soon as we are able.

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Notice: Under Maine law, documents - including e-mails - in the possession
of public officials or city employees about government business may be
classified as public records. There are very few exceptions. As a result,
please be advised that what is written in an e-mail could be released to
the public and/or the media if requested.

From: Portland Police Department

Your FOAA request regarding the department's handling of sexual assault
evidence collection kits and processing is in the mail.

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Notice: Under Maine law, documents - including e-mails - in the possession
of public officials or city employees about government business may be
classified as public records. There are very few exceptions. As a result,
please be advised that what is written in an e-mail could be released to
the public and/or the media if requested.

From: Portland Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Portland Police Department

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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