Governor Justice announces National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant award

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Governor Jim Justice announced today that he has awarded $377,335 in West Virginia National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant funds to one statewide project.

These funds will be used to create a coordinated community response that:

  • Reduces the number of unsubmitted sexual assault kits, by implementing a protocol/plan to inventory and then track unsubmitted kits through to final adjudication.
  • Improves the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault kit cases, through adoption of improved protocols, technology and management systems.
  • Develops victim notification protocols and evaluates efficacy to enhance victim services and the support of victims of sexual assault.

National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant program funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. They are administered by the Division of Justice and Community Services, which is part of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

The funding was awarded as follows:

STATEWIDE

West Virginia State Police                                                                                   $377,335.00

These funds will be utillized for a software program for tracking Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) hits, and for renovations to storage space for sexual assault kits to include temperature and humidity improvements.

Contact:        Sheri Lemons

Phone: (304) 746-2181

Email: Sharon.e.lemons@wvsp.gov

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