SAKI awarded the City of Fresno a $1,000,000 grant in fiscal year 2018. The City of Fresno will use these funds to create a Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit to investigate more than 350 sexual assault kits that resulted in DNA hit returns. Additionally, grant money will be used to hire new staff to investigate these cold cases and move them through the criminal justice system to prosecution.
The City of Fresno received $1 million in SAKI funds in 2019 to continue work they have been doing for years. With this additional funding, they plan to provide maximum available assistance for victims of sexual assault identified as cold cases and reduce violent crime within the community by investigating sexual assault cold cases and providing advocacy services to the victims.
$1 Million Dollar Federal Grant To Reduce Untested Sexual Assault Kits in Fresno
George Hostetter, Observer, Nov 19, 2018
The Fresno Police Department has been awarded a $1 million SAKI grant to assist in testing previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits, investigate resulting cases and provide resources to survivors.
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.