Local level SAEC polices/data (Spokane, Washington)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Spokane Police Department of Spokane, WA.

It is a clone of this request.

Due March 23, 2018
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

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


Vanessa Nason

From: Spokane Police Department

Mr. Nason:

This is to acknowledge your below March 16, 2018, public records request directed to the Spokane Police Department. Your request was forwarded by Spokane Police Records staff to the City Clerk’s Office for response and was received by the City Clerk’s Office on March 26.

In partial response to your request that pertains to policies and procedures, you may access Policy 613 of the Spokane Police Department’s Policy Manual online at the following link on the City of Spokane website: https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/police/accountability/police-policy-manual-2018-01-16.pdf.

Your request has been further forwarded to relevant staff in the Spokane Police Department for review and compiling of any additional responsive documents. We anticipate requiring 60 days, or until May 25, to conclude your request. We will follow up with you on or about that date regarding the status of your request. If additional time will be needed to conclude it, we will advise accordingly. Likewise, if responsive documents become available sooner, we will let you know.


Laurie Farnsworth
Spokane Deputy City Clerk

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