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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeThe City of Flint Police Department (Michigan)

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In FY2015, the City of Flint Police Department received a SAKI grant, as well as funding from the New York County District Attorney's Office, to fund two full-time police investigators to address the city's previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). The department has used its grant money to conduct an inventory of unsubmitted SAKs as well as to fund a prosecutor in the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office and a sexual assault advocate through the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Greater Flint.

In FY2016, the City of Flint Police Department received $1 million in supplemental SAKI funding to assist with the testing, investigation, prosecution, and victim services needed for SAKs that had been only partially tested or tested with antiquated DNA technology.

The City of Flint Police Department received $1,650,361 in FY2019 to continue investigating and prosecuting cold case sexual assaults. Additionally, this funding will support multidisciplinary partnerships with the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office as well as the YWCA of Greater Flint and ensure survivors receive victim-centered support services.

Since receiving SAKI funding in FY2015, the City of Flint Police Department has accomplished several milestones and achievements—including the following:

  • Inventoried all previously unsubmitted SAKs and submitted them for testing. As of October 2019, the City of Flint Police Department has received over 100 Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) hits as a result of SAK testing.
  • Obtained two warrants from a 2010 case in which a woman was taken at gunpoint and sexually assaulted by two unknown male suspects. CODIS hits returned on both suspects and the individuals were arrested for multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping. Upon arrest, officers were able to obtain confessions from both suspects.
  • Is actively investigating serial rapist Gilbert Conway. As of February 2019, 189 felony warrants and 4 misdemeanors had been sworn regarding Conway's offenses.

For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.

City of Flint Police Department Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
FY2015 $1,166,409 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2016 - supplemental award $996,243 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2019 $1,650,361 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits

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To learn more about the City of Flint Police Department's progress, read the following news and events.

News and Events

Man sentenced in attack after rape kit went untested for 5 years
Dominic Adams. Michigan Live, Dec 28, 2018
DNA from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit from 2013 led to the arrest and conviction of a man in Flint, MI.

Police find 500 videotapes in home of suspected serial rapist
David K. Li, David Douglas, and Associated Press, NBC News, Oct 10, 2018
In July 2018, Flint Police arrested a man whose DNA they connected to six previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. After searching that suspects house, the Flint Police have found 500 videotapes that they believe contain film of other sexual assaults the suspect has committed dating back decades.

Update: Funding for rape kit testing leads to arrests and convictions in Flint
Courtney Wheaton, 25News, Aug 30, 2018
The Flint Police Department is using SAKI funding to test previously unsubmitted SAKs and hold offenders accountable. So far, 37 suspects have been arrested.

Man sentenced after cold case rape kits ID him in multiple attacks
Dominic Adams, MLive, Oct 27, 2016
After receiving federal grant funds from the U.S. Department of Justice, law enforcement personnel in Flint, Michigan were able to test a backlog of untested SAKs. As a result of this cold case investigation, a man accused of sexually assaulting three girls was identified and sentenced to 25 years in prison. To learn more, read the full article.

Flint gets more funding to tackle backlog of untested rape kits
ABC12, Oct 13, 2016
Flint, Michigan has received additional funding to fully address the backlog of sexual assault kits in its departments. The total resources for testing now include $2.1 million. This process is critical for testing and solving cold cases. To learn more, read the full article.

Man charged in three sexual assaults, officials credit rape kit grant
Amanda Emery, MLive, Feb 10, 2016
The Flint Police Department in Michigan charged a man for three sexual assaults taking place between 2011 and 2015. Flint PD credits the SAKI and DANY grants with helping their team make this arrest.

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