In FY2016, SAKI awarded the Alaska Department of Public Safety (AK-SAKI) a $1.1-million grant, which was used to process over 1,000 sexual assault kits (SAKs). The AK-SAKI team also used the funds to designate a cold case investigator and prosecuting attorney, as well as to form a multidisciplinary team to address policy change and ensure law enforcement utilizes a victim-centered approach.
AK-SAKI received an additional $443,000 in funding in FY2017, which was used to test more than 50 unsubmitted SAKs from the previous year. This latest round of funding will also help with creating the AK-SAKI research project, which will provide statistical and methodological analyses to improve the understanding of police officers' frontline practices.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2016||$1,090,450||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2017||$443,727||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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Alaska to receive federal grant to process over 1000 untested sexual assault kits
Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media, Oct 4, 2016
Governor Bill Walker announced in 2016 that Alaska will receive $1.1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to process over 1,000 sexual assault evidence kits. The funding will cover SAK testing costs, as well as pay for investigators and prosecutors to process the cold cases. To learn more, 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.