Sexual Assault Evidence Collection (Utah Highway Patrol [2])

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Utah Highway Patrol of Utah.
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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:

– Number of sexual assault evidence collection kits that have been collected from Jan. 1, 2000 to the date this request is processed
– Number of tested sexual assault evidence collection kits from Jan. 1, 2000 to the date this request is processed
– Number of untested sexual assault evidence collection kits from Jan. 1, 2000 to the date this request is processed

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: Utah Highway Patrol

Dear Ms. Nason,

I am emailing in regards to a request submitted by you and MuckRock for
information about sexual assault evidence kits in the State of Utah.

As the laboratory's records officer, I received your request this afternoon
(3-28-18). I wanted you to know this since you had requested a response
within the State's 10 business day requirement. I will be working on the
information you have requested and will forward it to you as soon as
possible once it has been gathered.

I did want to let you know about the first item in your request ,the number
of sexual assault evidence collection kits that have been collected from
Jan. 1, 2000 to the present date. Unfortunately, the tracking of collected
kits was not part of Utah Bureau of Forensic Services mission. Victim
services of this nature are performed by the medical personnel throughout
the State and no one agency or entity has over site of which instances a
kit is collected. Reparation for those services are provide through Utah
Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice but kits are not always
collected when providing services.

In 2017, the State of Utah passed legislation in order to address the need
for all survivors of sexual assault to have their evidence processed. The
legislation will require all collected kits be submitted to UBFS for
testing beginning July 2018. UBFS has been working with our law enforcement
agencies to being the submission policy sooner than the July 2018 date. The
State is also in the process of developing a kit tracking program and
statewide processes.

I hope this piece of information helps you with your project. Also, as I
mentioned before, as soon as the information you requested is available I
will be forwarding this to you.

Sincerely,

Pilar Shortsleeve

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*Pilar A. Shortsleeve*,* MT-ASCP, ABC-F*
*Chief Forensic Scientist*
*Utah Bureau of Forensic Services*
*Office: 801.957.8527*
*Cell: 801.386.0405*
*FAX: 801-964.4544*

*NOTE: Correspondence referencing cases may be retained as part of Utah
Bureau of Forensics Services (UBFS) case record and may be subject to
statues outlined in the Utah Governmental Records Access Management Act*

From: Utah Highway Patrol

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Utah Highway Patrol

Ms. Nason,

You should be receiving a written response to your request any day now. It
was sent last Friday (April 6) and to the following address

MuckRock News
DEPT MR 51291
411A Highland Ave
<https://maps.google.com/?q=411A+Highland+Ave+Somerville,+MA+02144&entry=gmail&source=g>
Somerville, MA 02144
<https://maps.google.com/?q=411A+Highland+Ave+Somerville,+MA+02144&entry=gmail&source=g>
-2516

Sincerely,

Pilar

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*Pilar A. Shortsleeve*,* MT-ASCP, ABC-F*
*Chief Forensic Scientist*
*Utah Bureau of Forensic Services*
*Office: 801.957.8527*
*Cell: 801.386.0405*
*FAX: 801-964.4544*

*NOTE: Correspondence referencing cases may be retained as part of Utah
Bureau of Forensics Services (UBFS) case record and may be subject to
statues outlined in the Utah Governmental Records Access Management Act*

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