Local level SAEC polices/data (Wake County Sheriff's Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Wake County Sheriff's Department of Wake County, NC.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to North Carolina Public Records Law (G.S. §§ 132-1 through 132-10), I hereby request the following documents:

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: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to North Carolina Public Records Law (G.S. §§ 132-1 through 132-10), I hereby request the following documents:

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:

RE: Public Records Law Request: Local level SAEC policies/data (Wake
County Sheriff's Office)
37801-90152933

Our office has received your public records request pertaining to sexual
assault evidence collection kits. We are in the process of collecting the
requested information. Some of the requested information is not
maintained in a readily accessible format and requires extensive review
by our staff. We changed our reporting system in 2012, which poses
significant time consuming challenges on our staff when they review older
cases.

We will comply with your request as soon as possible, but it will likely
not be within ten days.


Paul G. Gessner
Legal Advisor
Wake County Sheriff's Office
Post Office Box 550
Raleigh, NC 27602
919-856-6935
Paul.Gessner@wakegov.com

E-mail correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North
Carolina Public Records Act and may be disclosed to third parties unless
made confidential under applicable law.
Paul G. Gessner
Legal Advisor
Wake County Sheriff's Office
Post Office Box 550
Raleigh, NC 27602
919-856-6935
Paul.Gessner@wakegov.com

E-mail correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North
Carolina Public Records Act and may be disclosed to third parties unless
made confidential under applicable law.

From: Wake County Sheriff's Department

In response to your Public Records Request please find the following:

The Wake County Sheriff's Office does not have a standard operating
procedure regarding the SAEC process. "Rape Kits" are administered by
trained medical professionals at the local hospitals.
The Wake County Sheriff's Office does not have a 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 Wake County Sheriff's Office
does have Regulation 205 Collection and Handling of Evidence which deals
with all types of evidence. A copy of Regulation 205 is attached to this
e-mail.
The remainder of the information that you are seeking is not presently
available and there is no document available that provides the specific
information you are seeking. However, the Wake County Sheriff's Office
is in the process of complying with a 2017 North Carolina legislative
mandate that requires us to compile some of the information that you are
seeking. That is an ongoing process and is due on January 1, 2018. This
is required by section 17.7 of Senate Bill 257, a link may be found here
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2017/Bills/Senate/PDF/S257v9.pdf

Please let me know if you need further information .


Paul G. Gessner
Legal Advisor
Wake County Sheriff's Office
Post Office Box 550
Raleigh, NC 27602
919-856-6935
Paul.Gessner@wakegov.com

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