In FY2016, SAKI awarded the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) a grant of more than $672,000 to complement the FY2015 SAKI grant awarded to the State Attorney's Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida. The JSO used the funds to provide investigative resourcessuch as overtime pay for detectives and crime analystsand to cover travel and training expenses. The JSO also used the funds to hire a project manager to work closely with the FY2015 SAKI multidisciplinary team and internal staff, as well as to renovate the office's property and evidence room for enhanced tracking and storage.
In FY2020, the City of Jacksonville was awarded an additional $1 million in SAKI funding to begin testing items of secondary evidence related to sexual assault kits that failed to yield probative results from DNA testing. The funding will also be used to support two positions (a full-time detective and site coordinator), as well as investigative overtime and crime analysis overtime to identify suspects and locate sexual assault survivors.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2016||$672,284||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2020||$1,000,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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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.