Local level SAEC policies/data (Rockbridge County, Virginia)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office of Rockbridge County, VA.
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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Virginia 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: Lt. Tim Hickman

Please see the enclosed documents per your request:

-All standard operating procedures - Enclosed are our Evidence policy and
our Sexual Assault policy.

-Any Written policies regarding department practices - Policies are
enclosed.

-The number of kits collected and booked into evidence from the period of
1/2000 to this date. - Our records management system is unable to produce
this request.

-The number of kits that have been processed by a public or private crime or
forensic laboratory from 1/2000 to present. - Our records management system
is unable to produce this request.

-The number of unprocessed kits in storage. - 3

-Any materials regarding the status or ultimate disposition of cases in
which a kit was collected. - Our records management system is unable to
produce this request.

-All audits involving this agency. - Enclosed is the most recent state audit
request.

-All proposed alterations or yet to be changes to the policies. - There are
none.

*Our records management system is outdated and is scheduled for replacement
this fall. Data mining to this level is not supported.

Tim Hickman, MSCS

Lieutenant

Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office

258 Greenhouse Rd.

Lexington, VA 24450

540-463-7328 - Dispatch Center

540-462-5371 - Office

540-463-5693 - Fax

540-460-8031 - Cell

<mailto:tbhickman@sheriff.rockbridge.virginia.gov> email

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