Local level SAEC polices/data (St. Louis County Police Department)

Sanjin Ibrahimovic filed this request with the St. Louis County Police Department of St. Louis County, MO.

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From: Sanjin Ibrahimovic

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Missouri Sunshine Law and the Missouri Public Records Law, 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Sanjin Ibrahimovic

From: St. Louis County Police Department

Good morning:

This email is to advise you that on February 13, 2018, our department has received your request for records in association with sexual assault evidence collection kits. I have attached a copy for your reference.

I will be working on putting an estimate of fees to compile and the data you are seeking. Please note, due to present workload and scheduling issues, I do not anticipate having an estimate prepared for you before the end of business on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. I will make every effort to have it to you before then, however.

In order to expedite the process, I would like to speak with you via a telephone call if you are available to discuss a few points before I begin to work on the estimate. This might help clarify a few things allowing me to provide you not only the estimate, but the data you are seeking as quickly as possible. If you are unavailable to do so, that is not a problem, and I will begin to work on the estimate regardless.

You may contact me at my office number below my signature line. If I am not in, please leave a message advising how I may contact you.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Regards,

Lieutenant Francis Gomez
St. Louis County Police Department
Bureau of Central Police Records
7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-0381

From: St. Louis County Police Department

Good afternoon Ms. Lipton and Mr. Ibrahimovic:

Per my recent telephone conversation with Ms. Lipton, this email is to advise I am still working on providing you an estimate to compile the information you are seeking. I do not have an estimate of fees at this time, but I will continue to work on it. I anticipate having a detailed estimate for you by the end of business on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Regards,

Lieutenant Francis Gomez
St. Louis County Police Department
Bureau of Central Police Records
7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-0381

From: St. Louis County Police Department

Good afternoon Ms. Lipton and Mr. Ibrahimovic:

Below is a detailed breakdown of the estimate of fees to process your request. I have numbered each item, and I will address each one individually.

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Item #1: $24.42

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The amount of time necessary to process this portion of your request is approximately one half hour at the rate of $42.83 per hour = $24.42.

Item #2: $43.50

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Much of the information included in Item #1 is responsive to this portion of your request. Additionally, many of our directives are available online at no charge at stlouisco.com. They are under the "Resources for Citizens" section of the "Law and Public Safety" dropdown.

In order to provide any potential additional policies that may not be included in the response to Item #1 or online, it will take an estimated one hour of research time at the rate of $43.50 per hour.

Item #3: $2,752.52

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The number of sexual assault offenses submitted to the Crime Laboratory could be obtained in approximately 10 minutes at a rate of $42.83 per hour = $8.57. During the timeframe in question, there were approximately 2,000 sexual assault investigations. Each case would need to be researched in order to know the exact number of "kits collected and booked into evidence". It will take an estimated five minutes per case equalling approximately 165 hours at the rate of $16.63 per hour = $2,743.95. $8.57 + $2,743.95 = $2,752.52

Item #4: $2,728.75

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In order to determine the number of kits that have been processed, it would take approximately 125 hours at a rate of $21.83 per hour = $2,728.75. This is based on an approximation of 1,500 kits having been seized during the noted timeframe. It will take an estimated five minutes per case equalling approximately 125 hours.

Item #5: $1,994.25

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The amount of time to compile the data responsive to this section of your request is approximately 10 hours at a rate of $13.87 = $138.70 and 85 hours at a rate of $21.83 = $1,855.55. $138.70 + $1,855.55 = $1,994.25.

Item #6: $2,078.75

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In order to determine the status/disposition of cases in which a kit was collected, it would take approximately 125 hours at a rate of $16.63 per hour = $2,078.75. This is based on an approximation of 1,500 kits having been seized during the noted timeframe. It will take an estimated five minutes per case equalling approximately 125 hours.

Item #7:

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We have no records responsive to this portion of request.

Item #8:

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We have no records responsive to this portion of request.

The total amount to process your request is an estimated $9,622.19. We can begin to process your request once payment is received, and based on the present work load, it should be completed approximately within six to seven months after payment is received. We accept cash, credit cards (in person only) and checks or money orders (payable to St. Louis County). It can be sent to the address below my signature. Please send it to my attention along with a copy of this email.

The six to seven month timeframe is based on spending approximately 20 hours per week on your request. All estimates are based on the lowest possible salary, as required by law, for each section of your request.

Please note this is an estimate. If the actual amount is more, you will be required to pay the difference prior to receiving the documents. If the actual amount is less, you will be refunded the difference. In addition, the response time is only an estimate given the existing work load, and is also subject to change.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Regards,

Lieutenant Francis Gomez
St. Louis County Police Department
Bureau of Central Police Records
7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-0381

From: Sanjin Ibrahimovic

Hello Lieutenant Gomez,

I would like to request that the fees be waived. It is in the public's interest that the sexual assault collection kits be accurately tracked and monitored. Recent legislation from congress has made it a requirement for these metrics to be better tracked to ensure justice is served, so these policies should be implemented at the department level digitally soon anyways. This request is not made for commercial purposes, but to the benefit of the public interest in order to reform the process of sexual assault collection kit management in order to ensure justice is served for the victims of sexual assault. I am requesting that these fees be waived or reevaluated for the possibility of this change to be made on the department level.

Thank you for your time,

Sanjin Ibrahimovic
Lucy Parsons Labs

From: St. Louis County Police Department

Good morning Mr. Ibrahimovic:

Your request for a waiver of fees is respectfully declined.
Regards,

Lieutenant Francis Gomez
St. Louis County Police Department
Bureau of Central Police Records
7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-0381

From: Sanjin Ibrahimovic

Hi,

I'd like to appeal this decision and have it be reviewed by the Missouri Attorney General to reduce or eliminate the fees associated with this request on the grounds that this request serves the public interest and enhances the public's understandings of the scope of sexual assault, the procedures in St. Louis County, and how the system functions. The fees requested are unduly burdensome, as I am a student at the moment and the amount requested is not a standardized under Missouri Law.

Thank you,
Sanjin Ibrahimovic
Lucy Parsons Labs

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