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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeCity of Fayetteville (North Carolina)

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In FY2015, the Bureau of Justice Assistance's SAKI program awarded the City of Fayetteville Police Department (CFPD) a $363,090 grant. The department used the funding to test over 100 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs), some of which date back as far as 1984. The funding also helped CFPD complete an inventory, which led them to determine that they had over 600 previously unsubmitted SAKs. Additionally, the grant money supports a full-time advocate position at Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County.

In FY2016, the CFPD was awarded an additional grant for $793,372. The CFPD used this money to test the remaining previously unsubmitted SAKs, implement an evidence tracking system, fund an additional victim advocate position at Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County, and support a neighboring police department in reducing the number of previously unsubmitted SAKs. The FY2016 SAKI funding was also used to update the CFPD evidence storage room, which included adding an air filtration system and improving cold storage.

In FY2020, the CFPD received an additional $1 million in SAKI funding to support the prosecution of SAKI cases from previous awards. The latest funding will be utilized to hire a full-time assistant district attorney for specialized prosecution of cold case sexual assaults. Additionally, the funding will support overtime pay for case investigations, forensic genetic genealogy testing, and proper training in continuing efforts to provide closure for sexual assault victims.

The CFPD has used SAKI funding to achieve several goals and milestones, including the following:

  • Developing a multidisciplinary team to address cold case sexual assaults
  • Hosting an Interactive Scenario Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) training with representation from five disciplines—law enforcement, victim advocacy, sexual assault nurse examination, prosecution, and laboratory. Approximately 40 people from more than a dozen agencies (military and civilian) across the jurisdiction learned how to improve the efficiency of their SARTs.
  • Submitting all previously unsubmitted SAKs to private crime laboratories for DNA testing; during the testing process, eligible profiles are being uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System.
  • Conducting over 250 victim notifications.
  • Participating in a SAKI Training and Technical Assistance Sexual Assault Unit assessment; for additional information about the assessment findings, visit Sexual Assault Unit Assessments.

For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.

City of Fayetteville Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
FY2015 $363,090 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2016 $793,372 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2020 $1,000,000 Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults

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To learn more about the City of Fayettevilles progress, read the following news and events.

City of Fayetteville (North Carolina) Grantee Site Representatives

News and Events

Fayetteville police awarded $793,372 grant to help rape victims get justice
Alan Wooten, FayObserver, Sep 28, 2016
Recent funding from the U.S. Department of Justice will allow Fayetteville, North Carolina law enforcement personnel to test over 500 previously unsubmitted sexual assault evidence kits. Police department staff will also use the funding to pay for investigators and prosecutors to solve cold cases resulting from testing DNA matches. To learn more, read the full article.

Fayetteville police make 12th cold case arrest
Gilbert Baez,, Mar 23, 2016
In March 2016, the Fayetteville Police Department made its 12th arrest in connection to a decades-old crime of sexual assault. This success comes after the department received $363,000 in federal funding to test its backlogged sexual assault evidence kits dating as far back as 1984. To learn more about what is being done in Fayetteville, NC, read the full article.

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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.

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