SAKI awarded the New Mexico Department of Public Safety a grant in the amount of $2 million, which it will use complete DNA testing of more than 1,500 SAKs and establish a statewide SAK tracking database. The department will also use the funds to train law enforcement personnel, and develop, implement, and coordinate multidisciplinary policies.
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New Mexico Governor says local law enforcement rape kit backlog cleared
Matthew Watkins, ABC 7 Amarillo, Dec 14, 2018
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety State Crime Laboratory has tested all of their 1,388 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.
Santa Fe PD is ahead in processing rape kits—because they already cleaned out a freezer full of them
Elizabeth Miller, Santa Fe Reporter, Dec 14, 2016
In January 2014, officers at the Santa Fe Police Department began processing 313 sexual assault evidence kits, the results of which have already helped to solve cases. New Mexico has been awarded a federal grant to assist public safety personnel in processing old kits and developing a system to track new kits and send them to a lab for processing in a timely manner. To learn more, read the full article.
Audit points to causes of New Mexico's rape kit backlog
Susan Montoya Bryan, AP The Big Story, Dec 6, 2016
A recent audit in New Mexico noted that the state leads the nation in untested rape kits per capita, and that one-fifth of the SAKs were untested. New Mexico’s federal grant award will help the state test these backlogged SAKs and develop a tracking system for future SAKs. For more information on New Mexico’s backlog, read the full article.
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.