Police commit to testing of all Sexual Assault Kits

Chief Ramsay says they are addressing backlog

WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says the department is committed to addressing a backlog in untested sexual assault evidence collection kits.

During a news conference, the chief says the department has been working in collaboration with the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center, and the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center regarding the testing of Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits.

In 2015, the Wichita Police Department had over 1,000 kits that had not been sent off for DNA testing.  Chief Ramsay says that in 2017, 1,069 kits were delivered to the KBI for testing.

Chief Ramsay says those kits are still in various stages of testing, and completed ones are being reviewed by investigators and the District Attorney's Office.  Ramsay says there is a backlog this year of about 600 tests, but says they are committed to sending those kits off for testing by the end of this year.

In addition, the chief says the department is implementing new procedures to ensure that every sexual assault evidence collection kit is tested.

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