SAKI awarded a grant totaling $910,945 to the City of Philadelphia Police Department. The funds will be used to implement a comprehensive, multidisciplinary plan to inventory, test, and track unsubmitted sexual assault kits through to final adjudication. The department also plans to use the grant money to create a multidisciplinary team; improve the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault kit (SAK) cases; and develop victim notification protocols, among other things.
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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.