Local level SAEC polices/data (Tucson Police Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Tucson Police Department of Tucson, AZ.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state open records law, Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 39-121 to 39-122 and 39-128, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Sue Stahl

Mr. Lipton,

I have attached a copy of the TPD's General Order on the
collecting/processing of Sexual Assault Kits. You are able TPD's General
Orders at the following public website:
www.tucsonaz.gov/police/general-orders. This item is free because it is
available on a public website.

I have a total of 29 pages of policies and audit information. The first
15 pages is $5.00 and .25 for each page there after for a total of
$8.50. You are welcome to come to the Tucson Police Department, Public
Records to view this reports prior to purchasing. May buy some of the
report or all of it after you have an opportunity to view it. Our hours
are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We accept cash or
credit card.

Thank you for your inquiry.

Sue Stahl
Records Superintendent
Tucson Police Department
270 S. Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85710
520-837-7637
Sue.Stahl@tucsonaz.gov

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May 5, 2017
Tucson Police Department
270 S. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the state open records law, Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs.
39-121 to 39-122 and 39-128, 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
would request your response within ten (10) business days.
Sincerely,
Beryl Lipton
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PLEASE NOTE: This request was filed by a MuckRock staff reporter. Also
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returned as undeliverable.
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From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $8.50 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records requests.

Thank you.

From: Sue Stahl

Thank you for the payment. Attached are the items requested.

Sue Stahl
Records Superintendent
Tucson Police Department
270 S. Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85710
520-837-7637
Sue.Stahl@tucsonaz.gov

>>> <requests@muckrock.com> 5/5/2017 8:49 AM >>>

May 5, 2017
Tucson Police Department
270 S. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the state open records law, Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs.
39-121 to 39-122 and 39-128, 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
would request your response within ten (10) business days.
Sincerely,
Beryl Lipton
------
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock
DEPT MR 37294
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
PLEASE NOTE: This request was filed by a MuckRock staff reporter. Also
note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather
than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be
returned as undeliverable.
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