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The City of Boston Police Department (BPD) was awarded $2.5 million in FY2021 to improve Boston's capacity to respond to violent crime, most specifically sexual assault. BPD intends to utilize the funding to expand resources for investigating and prosecuting cases that result from sexual assault kit evidence. The City of Boston will develop a multidisciplinary working group that includes BPD, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and local sexual assault nurse examiners. The multidisciplinary working group will review, inventory, and follow up on the investigations of up to 100 unsolved sexual assault cases; additionally, the working group will contract with an evaluation consultant and external crime laboratory. The working group will also be developing an evaluation and sustainability plan to implement ongoing improvements and sustainability for sexual assault response reform.
For more information on the specific SAKI award for this site, see the table below.
|FY2021||$2,500,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.