In 2015, the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) program awarded the Fayetteville Police Department a grant in the amount of $363,090, a portion of which the department used to test over 100 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) dating back to 1984. A portion of the funds also support a full-time advocate at the Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County. Using this funding, the Fayetteville Police Department also conducted an inventory and determined that they had over 600 previously unsubmitted SAKs.
In 2016, the Fayetteville Police Department was awarded an additional grant in the amount of $793,372. The Fayetteville Police Department is using this money to test the remaining previously unsubmitted SAKs, implement an evidence tracking system, fund an additional victim advocate at Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County, and support a neighboring police department in reducing their number of previously unsubmitted SAKs. The 2016 SAKI funding was also used to update the Fayetteville Police Department evidence storage room, including the addition of an air filtration system as well as improved cold storage.
The City of Fayetteville has used SAKI funding to achieve several goals and milestones, including:
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DOJ official: Fayetteville PD shows how to tackle sexual assault crimes
Katie Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs, Apr 11, 2020
Katie Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs, provided insight into the progress the Fayetteville SAKI program has made since 2015 in ensuring justice for victims of sexual assault.
DNA match leads to arrest of Fayetteville man in 1989 rape of underage girl
Akilah Davis , ABC 11 Eyewitness News, Jan 24, 2020
A rape test kit that sat for decades has helped police make an arrest in the rape of a minor that happened more than 30 years ago.
Raleigh man charged in decade-old Fayetteville sex assault case
WRAL, Jan 7, 2020
Man charged in connection with 2009 sexual assault based on DNA evidence that had not been tested previously.
Fayetteville police charge man in 1990 rape
WRAL, May 13, 2019
DNA from a previously untested sexual assault kit led Fayetteville PD to charge a man in a 1990 sexual assault case.
Decade later, DNA match leads to arrest of 'do-rag rapist' in dozen Cumberland sex assaults
Gilbert Baez, WRAL, May 7, 2019
Through the use of genetic genealogy and DNA evidence, Fayetteville police arrest and charge a serial rapist in 12 cold case sexual assaults.
1990 rape suspect charged with 2 more cold cases in Fayetteville
Michael Futch, The Fayetteville Observer, Mar 19, 2019
A rape suspect has been charged with 2 more counts of sexual assault as the result of DNA evidence from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits and cold case investigation by the Fayetteville PD.
Experts: Fayetteville rape investigations, treatment of victims, improved over years
Paul Wooverton, Fayetteville Observer, Mar 19, 2019
A forum held in Fayetteville discusses how sexual assault investigations have changed to better assist victims thanks to the SAKI project there.
Pitts: Victims' advocates, Fayetteville police work together on 'cold' case sex assault cases
Myron Pitts, The Fayetteville Observer, Feb 2, 2019
The Fayetteville Police Department and local rape crisis center work together to ensure victims of sexual assault receive the proper care after their assault and throughout the investigation process.
Fayetteville police using consumer DNA kits to help solve cold cases
WRAL, Jan 24, 2019
Fayetteville Police Department is now using consumer DNA tests like 23andMe to solve cold cases through genealogical DNA.
Man arrested in Fayetteville rape case
Nancy McCleary, Fayetteville Observer, Dec 28, 2018
DNA from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit from 1990 led police to make an arrest in the case.
DNA evidence links man to 1990 cold case rap, kidnapping case in Fayetteville
ABC 11, Nov 27, 2018
Recently discovered evidence links man to cold case rape,kidnapping from 1990.
Somerindyke named Fayetteville Police Officer of the Year
Michael Futch, The Fayetteville Observer, Nov 16, 2018
Lt. John Somerindyke, head of Fayetteville PD's Special Victims Unit, was named Police Officer of the Year due in part to his dedication to investigating cases that have resulted from previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits and advocating for survivors of sexual assault.
Arrest made in Hoke County rape, kidnapping cold case after rape kit is sent for DNA testing
ABC 11 Eyewitness News, Nov 2, 2018
Detectives with the Fayetteville Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit have made an arrest in a 21 year old case thanks to DNA recovered from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit.
Fayetteville police make arrest in 2006 sexual assault case
Nancy McCleary, Fayetteville Observer, Jun 5, 2018
The Fayetteville Police Department made an arrest in connection with a statutory rape case from 2006. This is the first arrest resulting from testing funded by their SAKI award.
Fayetteville police make progress in sex assaults after 300+ rape kits trashed
Robert Richardson, CBS North Carolina, Jul 17, 2017
Between 1995 and 2008, the Fayetteville’s Police Department’s Sexual Victim’s Unit Commander discovered 333 sexual assault kits that had been destroyed. Since the findings, Fayetteville has launched a cold case sexual assault unit and working diligently in training law enforcement on investigations involving sexual assault. To learn more, read the full article.
Fayetteville police awarded $793,372 grant to help rape victims get justice
Alan Wooten, FayObserver, Sep 28, 2016
Recent funding from the U.S. Department of Justice will allow Fayetteville, North Carolina law enforcement personnel to test over 500 previously unsubmitted sexual assault evidence kits. Police department staff will also use the funding to pay for investigators and prosecutors to solve cold cases resulting from testing DNA matches. To learn more, read the full article.
Fayetteville police make 12th cold case arrest
Gilbert Baez, WRAL.com, Mar 23, 2016
In March 2016, the Fayetteville Police Department made its 12th arrest in connection to a decades-old crime of sexual assault. This success comes after the department received $363,000 in federal funding to test its backlogged sexual assault evidence kits dating as far back as 1984. To learn more about what is being done in Fayetteville, NC, read the full article.
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.