SAKI awarded the Denton Police Department (DPD) a FY2019 grant of $499,890 to help the city with inventorying, tracking, and testing previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). In addition to testing SAKs, DPD plans to use the grant money to improve evidence storage and preservation of physical evidence; enhance evidence tracking to increase the efficiency and quality of response to future reports of sexual assaults, case management, and investigation; and engage in multidisciplinary policy development, implementation, and coordination.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2019||$499,890||SAKI for Small Agencies|
After nearly 30 years, North Texas police charge man with sexually assaulting woman, child
James Hartley, Star-telegram, Aug 23, 2023
"Denton police arrested a 53-year-old man in two sexual assault and child sexual assault cold cases nearly 30 years after the rapes occurred in 1993 and 1997, according to a news release from police. Marcus Deshaun Johnson was connected to the two cases through DNA evidence collected at the time, according to the news release. Police announced his arrest Tuesday. A National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant also provided funding to support Denton police efforts to solve sexual assault cold cases."
Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.