Local level SAEC polices/data (Salt Lake City Unified PD)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Salt Lake City Unified Police Department of Salt Lake City, UT.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Government Records Access and Management 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: Salt Lake City Unified Police Department

Hello,

Just letting you know, I received both your email & postal mail GRAMA requests, and I have not forgotten about you.

I’ve reached out to both of our sergeants over our Special Victims Unit & Crime Lab. Neither had any statistics available on how many Code R kits we collected each year, only that all kits are turned over to the State Crime Lab for processing. The sergeant over SVU also stated that he has been over that unit for four years, and no audits have taken place during that time. He said we do not have any untested kits that have not been sent to the State Crime Lab.

I’m still waiting for a response from our Property & Evidence unit, to see if they could provide any statistical information to your questions. As soon as I hear back from them, I will send you any statistical information we have, along with our policy & procedure manual for Code R kits.

Thank you,

Amy Benson
Technical Services – Records Supervisor
Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake
Office: 385-468-9718
E-mail: abenson@updsl.org<mailto:abenson@updsl.org>
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From: Salt Lake City Unified Police Department

April 3, 2018

Vanessa Nason
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MuckRock News

Dear Ms. Nason,

Please consider this email, and the attachment, as our response to your GRAMA request of March 19, 2018. I’ve copied and pasted your questions, and the answers have been highlighted below:
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, See attachment
• 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, See attachment
• the number of kits collected and booked into evidence from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed, 1,749
• 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, 1,150
• 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, None, unless a restricted status
• any materials regarding the status or ultimate disposition of cases in which a kit was collected. Please include all available segregable data, 580 kits disposed, since 2000
• all audits involving this agency regarding the collection or backlog of SAEC kits, No known audits for at least the last four years
• all proposed alterations or yet-to-be-implemented changes to the policies and procedures regarding the collection, testing, and use of SAEC kits, We do not have any pending modifications to our current policy

Right to Appeal
Any person aggrieved by this decision may appeal the determination within thirty (30) days after receiving this notice from the UPD. Please forward any appeals to the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Chief Executive Officer, at 3365 S 900 W., Salt Lake City, Utah 84119. The notice of appeal shall contain the petitioner’s name, mailing address, and daytime phone number. State relief sought and a short statement of facts, reasons, and legal authority in support of the appeal. You may also wish to contact the Utah State Public Records Ombudsman at (801) 531-3858 with any questions you may have regarding the Utah State Government Records Access & Management Act (GRAMA).

Sincerely,

Amy Benson
Technical Services – Records Supervisor
Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake
Office: 385-468-9718
E-mail: abenson@updsl.org<mailto:abenson@updsl.org>
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CONFIDENTIAL: This electronic message-along with/any all attachments is confidential and Law Enforcement sensitive. This message is intended only for the use of the addressee. If you are neither the intended recipient nor the person responsible to deliver it to the intended recipient, you may not use, disseminate, distribute or copy this communication. If you have received this message in error, please immediately notify sender by reply through electronic mail and delete the original message.

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