The City of Akron has received over $3 million in SAKI funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) since FY2018. Their initial FY2018 award of $991,582 is being utilized to fund the investigation and prosecution of cold case sexual assaults under SAKI. Specifically, the Akron Police Department is using this award to handle a large caseload that has resulted from testing 1,822 sexual assault kits at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation laboratory. The City of Akron Police Department has hired additional personnel involved in sexual assault response and implemented a case management system database, as well as advanced technology, to increase the efficiency of investigations.
In FY2019, BJA granted the City of Akron $1,980,292 to expand on their initial SAKI award. The funding is being utilized to train the Akron Police Department Investigative Division about trauma-informed investigative practices; use research and evaluation to inform planning, protocol implementation, and practice; and develop a trauma-informed community approach to sexual assault cases in Summit County. Funding is also being used to support several key staff members on the SAKI project, includingbut not limited toa prosecutor, a paralegal, and four victim advocates.
In FY2020, the City of Akron received an additional $150,000 to conduct advanced DNA testing and research to identify cold case sexual assault suspects whose identity is not yet known. The funding will also be utilized to continue the trauma-informed, victim-centered investigation and prosecution of cases that were identified in previous SAKI awards.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2018||$991,582||Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults|
|FY2019||$1,980,292||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2020||$150,000||Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults|
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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.