APD Creates Team Dedicated to Clearing Rape Kit Backlog

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin’s interim police chief is adding more staff to the department’s sexual assault unit. Chief Brian Manley wants the DNA lab’s massive backlog to be a thing of the past.
At the backlog’s peak, Austin Police had more than 3,000 DNA kits waiting to be tested. They were from a variety of cases, but many stemmed from sexual assaults.