SAKI awarded the City of Omaha Police Department a fiscal year 2018 grant of $1,901,640 to continue work with an established Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Working Group, which partners with two women's organizations as well as the Douglas County Attorney's Office. Having completed a pilot project of testing 25 kits in early 2018, Omaha aims to use those data to strengthen victim services and data reporting, as well as the ability of the criminal justice system to pursue and prosecute leads from these kits. SAKI will enable Omaha to hire several additional staff, including a crisis counselor, and will provide trauma-informed response training to better serve victims.
3 of 4 sexual assault kits in Omaha Police evidence are untested. New grant will change that.
Alia Conley, Omaha-World Herald, Dec 6, 2018
Omaha Police department receives a $1.9 million SAKI grant to test their previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits for DNA evidence.
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.