|Submitted||May 30, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the California Public Records 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.
Dear Ms. Nason,
Your May 30, 2018 CPRA request has come to my attention. Even though these were made to the Sheriff, we think it is better directed to the Office of the District Attorney as the Sheriff would not have these records. We have begun our search here. However, I know that two of your requests will require a data search. Specifically, your request:
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.
In other words, these records don't exist, but we could put them together for you. The labor time to write the program needed to extract the data comes to about two hours with a total cost of $124.74. Please let me know if you would like to do this. If so, we can arrange for payment and then create the records for you. I will get back to you as to the other parts of your request as I have more information. Please let me know how you would like to proceed with the two I identified.
Dear Ms. Nason,
I just wanted to follow up again on your CPRA request. Could you please let me know if you want to pay for the additional record search as discussed in the May 31, 2018 email that I sent to you. Before we complete the not insignificant task of gathering the remaining data and records, could you confirm that you are still interested? If you have any questions, please contact me. I will await your instruction before taking further action on your request.