The Mobile Police Department (MPD) joined the SAKI program in FY2015 after receiving a grant for $828,203. MPD used the funding to inventory, process, and test 1,412 unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). This initial funding allowed the department to implement a comprehensive sexual assault response reform program, create a working group, and designate a site coordinator.
In FY2016, the MPD received $118,111 in SAKI funding to renovate the existing SAK storage area. This renovation helps to ensure that SAK storage and inventory follow National Institute of Standards and Technology standards and guidelines while protecting and preserving the integrity of SAKs.
In FY2017, SAKI awarded the MPD additional funding with a $1.9-million grant. The additional funds helped create a Special Victims Unit and Family Justice Center. The funding also supports training related to sexual assault evidence collection, DNA technology, victimization and trauma response, and other topics to improve the quality and outcomes of sexual assault investigations and prosecutions.
In FY2018, the MPD was awarded a $1.5-million grant to sustain the Special Victims Unit and Family Justice Center, enter cases into the FBIâ€™s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, and support criminal analysis efforts.
To assist other jurisdictions in Alabama, the MPD received $293,288 in FY2019 SAKI funding to develop and deliver a training module to other law enforcement agencies focused on fostering a victim-centered, trauma-informed response to sexual assault.
The MPD has used SAKI funding to achieve several goals and milestones, including the following:
Learn more about the MPD's Promise Initiative for Survivors of Sexual Assault. The Promise Initiative hotline (251-431-5100, extension 226) is available for anyone who would like more information or thinks they may have an untested SAK at the MPD.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2015||$828,203||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2016||$118,111||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2017||$1,962,929||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2018||$1,500,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2019||$293,288||Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults|
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To learn more about MPD's progress, read the following news and events.
Mobile Police Department Solves 2 decades old cold case of sexual assault of minor
Jared Boyd, AL.com, Apr 13, 2016
A Wilmer man was sentenced to two life sentences of imprisonment after a DNA hit from testing backlogged rape kits matched with a 2 decade-old cold rape case. To learn more about the strides Mobile is making toward ending the backlog of rape kits, 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.