Daily Archives: September 17, 2014

SFPD working to end rape kit backlog, but several thousand will never be tested

HeatherMarloweAt the end of each performance of Heather Marlowe’s one-woman show about her 2010 rape “The Haze,” she makes a request to the audience: Write to Police Chief Greg Suhr to change the way San Francisco police investigate and handle rape cases.
That’s because The City — which reviewed its evidence for untested rape kits in 2013 after pressure from Marlowe — found it had several thousand kits that had never been sent to the lab, dating back more than a decade.

North Dakota gets $200,000 in federal funding for DNA evidence processing at state crime lab

blue purple helixBISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota is getting $200,000 in federal funding to help process DNA evidence at the state crime lab.

US funding to enhance W.Va. state police forensics

colored vertical helixCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly $342,000 in federal funding is headed to the West Virginia State Police to improve the state forensic laboratory.
The funding announced by U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall will be used to update and purchase new technology, hire evidence technicians, and to continue the education and training of forensic analysts.

Columbus, Ohio, Buying Software to Improve Crime DNA Analysis

columbus+crime+sceneThe Columbus City Council yesterday approved using $69,000 in federal grant money to purchase software that will better separate multiple sources of DNA found at crime scenes.