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File #: R-16-140   
Type: Resolution Status: Enacted
File created: 12/5/2016 In control: City Council
Final action: 1/4/2017
Enactment date: 1/13/2017 Enactment #: R-2017-006
Title: F/S Creating New Priority Objectives Within The Public Safety Goal And Establishing Additional City Policy Relating To The Processing Of Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits In The Possession Of The Albuquerque Police Department (Lewis)
Attachments: 1. R-140, 2. R-140 Approved Floor Substitute.pdf, 3. FS R-140Enacted
Date Action ByActionResultAction Details
1/13/2017 City Clerk Published  Action details
1/13/2017 Mayor Signed by the Mayor  Action details
1/12/2017 City Council Sent to Mayor for Signature  Action details
1/4/2017 City Council PassedPass Action details
12/19/2016 City Council Postponed as SubstitutedPass Action details
12/19/2016 City Council SubstitutedPass Action details
12/5/2016 City Council Introduced  Action details
12/5/2016 President To be heard at the Council Meeting  Action details
CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTY SECOND COUNCIL


COUNCIL BILL NO. F/S R-16-140 ENACTMENT NO. ________________________

SPONSORED BY: Dan Lewis

RESOLUTION
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F/S Creating New Priority Objectives Within The Public Safety Goal And Establishing Additional City Policy Relating To The Processing Of Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits In The Possession Of The Albuquerque Police Department (Lewis)
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CREATING NEW PRIORITY OBJECTIVES WITHIN THE PUBLIC SAFETY GOAL AND ESTABLISHING ADDITIONAL CITY POLICY RELATING TO THE PROCESSING OF UNTESTED SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE KITS IN THE POSSESSION OF THE ALBUQUERQUE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
WHEREAS, DNA evidence is an invaluable investigative tool, and sexual assault evidence kits can identify an unknown assailant, reveal serial offenders, and exonerate the wrongly convicted; and
WHEREAS, in New Mexico there is currently a backlog of more than 5,000 sexual assault evidence kits that have not yet been processed, which represents thousands of leads to investigate, survivors to re-engage with compassion and care, and cases to prosecute; and
WHEREAS, in the City of Albuquerque alone there are thousands of such kits waiting to be processed; and
WHEREAS, each sexual assault kit represents a survivor who underwent an hours-long medical and forensic examination and reported the assault to the police; and
WHEREAS, each kit represents a survivor who deserves to have that kit tested and who deserves justice; and
WHEREAS, the issue of untested sexual assault evidence kits is difficult not because of a lack of effort on behalf of the police department, but rather because of a lack of capacity at APD's Crime Lab and private labs, staff turnover, and a shortage of qualified candidates; and
WHEREAS, the Justice Department's new Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) represents an opportunity to provide local communities with resources to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive...

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