In FY2023, SAKI awarded the Kern County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) $2.5 million to assist in testing an estimated 750 unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). In partnership with the Kern County District Attorney's Office, Kern Regional Crime Laboratory, the Open Door Network, and Kern County Forensic Services LLC, KCSO will form a multi-disciplinary team to develop policies, review the inventory, prioritize, and test all unsubmitted SAKs.
For more information on the specific SAKI award for this site, see the table below.
|Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
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.