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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was awarded two grants in FY2019, totaling nearly $2 million. The funding is being used in efforts to collect lawfully owed DNA samples from approximately 2,900 sex offenders and 1,000 felons, and to conduct follow-up casework. A full-time DNA collection coordinator has been hired to coordinate with Texas Rangers to assist with the most practical collection methods. Texas DPS will also be outsourcing DNA samples for forensic genetic genealogy testing.
Following are updates about Texas DPS's progress since the grants were awarded:
In FY2022, Texas DPS was awarded two additional SAKI grants, totaling $3 million. Half of the funding will be dedicated to collecting lawfully owed DNA samples from approximately 3,661 convicted offenders who are under community supervision for qualifying offenses. Project funding will also support the provision of training to law enforcement agencies on how to collect these DNA samples. The other half of SAKI funding from FY2022 will be used to support staff furthering investigations and prosecutions of sexually motivated homicides that were initiated under previous SAKI awards. Texas DPS will also continue their Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) Study of Sexual Assaults, which seeks to identify viable cases in which an unknown offender profile is present in the state's CODIS database.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2019||$1,000,000||Expansion of DNA Databases to Assist with Sexual Assault Investigations and Prosecutions: Collection of Lawfully Owed DNA from Convicted Offenders and Arrestee DNA Collections|
|FY2019||$996,959||Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults|
|FY2022||$1,500,000||Expansion of DNA Databases to Assist with Sexual Assault Investigations and Prosecutions: Collection of Lawfully Owed DNA from Convicted Offenders and Arrestee DNA Collections|
|FY2022||$1,500,000||Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults|
New Details Released in Unsolved Samuel Little Murders
Texas Department of Public Safety, Dec 1, 2021
The Texas Rangers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program and the United States Department of Justice are releasing new details in more than a dozen unsolved murders committed by serial killer Samuel ?Little, AKA Samuel ?McDowell, in hopes of bringing closure to these cases.
Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Program Featured on the Texas Ranger's Hall of Fame and Museum
Texas Ranger's Hall of Fame and Museum, May 6, 2021
The Texas Ranger's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Program was featured in the Texas Ranger's Hall of Fame and Museum. Click here to learn more!
Suspected Serial Rapist Pedro Samarrippas Arrested On U.S. Mexico Border, Detectives Seek Other Potential Victims
CBS DFW, Mar 4, 2021
Detectives arrested alleged serial rapist in McAllen on two cold case sexual assault warrants based on DNA evidence.
Suspect indicted in 2019 murder of woman found dead in room at local hotel
KWTX, Feb 24, 2021
Individual identified as a suspect in cold case homicide from 2019 through the state Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Program and advanced DNA analysis.
Texas DPS: DNA collection law helped solve hundreds of crimes in its first year
Billy Gates, KXAN, Nov 13, 2020
The Krystal Jean Baker Act, which allows the collection of DNA samples from those charged with any of 24 different felonies and compares them with existing crime scene DNA samples in a nationwide database, has helped Texas DPS solve more than 250 open investigations in its first year, the agency says.
Fort Hood soldier arrested in year-old murder case
Hannah Hall, KWTX 10, Nov 4, 2020
DNA evidence and investigative work lead to an arrest in a cold case murder from 2019 in Killen.
OPD: Man arrested cold case homicide investigation
Jacy Lewis, MRT, Sep 30, 2020
Forensic Genetic Genealogy leads to arrest of man in sexual assault and murder from 1982.
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.