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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeMichigan Department of State Police

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The Michigan Department of State Police (MSP) joined the SAKI program in FY2015 after receiving a grant for $1,385,000. In collaboration with the Prosecuting Attorney's Association of Michigan (PAAM) and Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, the MSP has used SAKI grant funds to conduct a statewide inventory of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) in law enforcement custody, provide training to law enforcement and prosecutors, and assist with victim services in jurisdictions with a high volume of unsubmitted SAKs. These monies have also been used to support outsourcing DNA analysis for unsubmitted SAKs found during the inventory process.

In FY2016, the MSP applied for and received supplemental SAKI funding. The supplemental funding is being used to (1) assist with the DNA testing and technical reviews of SAKs inventoried, (2) develop a template for law enforcement to determine the testing status of SAKs that have previously been submitted to the crime laboratory but may have been only partially tested or tested with antiquated technology, (3) hire a research partner to assist with analyzing collected data, and (4) provide training and technical assistance—combined with resources—to jurisdictions with the highest numbers of unsubmitted SAKs.

In FY2018, the MSP received two SAKI awards totaling over $1.6 million. Funding from these awards is being used to (1) hire a SAK criminal intelligence analyst; (2) provide trauma-informed forensic interviewing training; and (3) offer subawards to the Treatment Board, PAAM, the Michigan State University Department of Psychology, local agencies investigating and prosecuting SAKI cases, and organizations providing support services to sexual assault victims. Funding will also be used to continue providing technical assistance and consultation to law enforcement, prosecutors, and sexual assault advocacy programs to ensure all participants/disciplines are prepared to respond to the evidence emerging from SAKI cases in a victim-centered manner. Lastly, the funding will help improve MSP's quality of sexual assault response in the future.

Since receiving funding in FY2015, MSP has achieved several goals and milestones—including the following:

  • Completed testing of outsourced SAKs in March 2018
  • Developed an 8-hour multidisciplinary training entitled "Creating a Coordinated Community Response to Sexual Assault"; the Michigan SAKI team partnered with the state's Violence Against Women Project to produce this training. The training covers topics such as the neurobiology of trauma, sexual assault nurse examiner response, forensic interviewing, offender-focused investigations, micro-corroboration, victim notification, and Michigan laws pertaining to sexual assault and SAKs. The training has been delivered to over 300 police officers, prosecutors, and advocates in over 36 counties across the state.
  • Secured the first conviction for MSP's SAKI project on June 9, 2017; this conviction was against serial sex offender David Hull. Hull was charged and convicted of four counts of criminal sexual conduct after being identified through DNA analysis. He was sentenced as a habitual offender to a term of imprisonment for 20-30 years.
  • Rolled out a statewide SAK evidence tracking system in 2019

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

Michigan Department of State Police Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
FY2015 $1,385,000 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2016 - supplemental award $999,979 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2018 $1,000,000 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2018 $633,907 Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults

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News and Events

Kalamazoo program aims to restore faith in justice system for sexual assault survivors
Hannah Knowles, WWMT West Michigan, Feb 22, 2021
“Hopefully projects like this will create a belief in the system that something will happen," Jeff Getting, the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor said. "Far too often victims have reason to question, 'Will someone believe me? Will there be an effort to prosecute a case?' or, 'Will I be made the victim again?'"

Tennessee man sentenced to prison in 2013 Kalamazoo sexual assault case
Bianca Cseke, Fox 17, Feb 4, 2021
“Our communities must be protected against those who commit sexual assaults against children and other vulnerable victims. I appreciate the hard work put into resolving this case by the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office and the SAKI team and their commitment to pursuing justice on behalf of sexual assault victims.” Michigan AG Dana Nessel

Man ordered to trial after woman said she was sexually assaulted in 2012
Trace Christenson, Battle Creek Enquirer, Feb 3, 2021
A Hartford man on Tuesday was ordered to trial on five counts of sexual assault after a woman testified she was a victim in 2012 as part of the Calhoun SAKI project.

AG Nessel announces sentencing for William Darnell Johnson in sexual assault cases
News Channel 3, Jan 25, 2021
“This conviction would not have been possible without the hard work and determination of the Kalamazoo SAKI team, and I am grateful for the justice these professionals were able to provide to these women.”- Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel

Man identified through sex-assault cold case project gets prison for series of assaults dating to 2001
WKRG Staff, Jan 22, 2021
A sex assault cold case project helped authorities identify and prosecute a Kalamazoo man police say was responsible for a series of sexual assaults dating to 2001.

Man arrested after 2010 rape kit is finally tested
Wells Foster,, Jan 8, 2021
A Coldwater man is in custody after a decade-old rape kit was finally tested, reports Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jerry Jarzynka. “We care about victims, we care about justice. We are invested in crimes that occurred yesterday and crimes that occurred like in this case, ten years ago. I admire this grant, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative as a whole and the agencies in this community for never losing sight of justice for the victims of sexual assault,” said Jarzynka

Man arraigned in 2012 alleged rape in Marshall
Trace Christenson, Battle Creek Enquirer, Dec 9, 2020
Man charged with five counts of sexual assault stemming from a 2012 case.

Man charged with sexually assaulting teenage girl in Holt in 2005
Ken Palmer, Lansing State Journal, Oct 7, 2020
DNA evidence leads to arrest in sexual assault case from 2005.

Michigan man charged with 2010 sexual assault
WILK, Sep 30, 2020
DNA from a previously unsubmitted SAK leads to arrest in case from 2010.

Kent County probation officer charged in 2009 rape on Western Michigan University campus
Mike Krafcik, Newschannel 3, Aug 7, 2019
In Kalamazoo County, a team of special prosecutors examining untested rape kits brought forward charges against 3 men for a rape that took place in a Western Michigan University door room in 2009.

Battle Creek man to stand trial in 10-year-old rape
Trace Christenson, Battle Creek Enquirer, May 8, 2018
A Battle Creek man will stand trial on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for a rape that occurred nearly 10 years ago. This is the sixth case charged in Calhoun County from the testing of previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

Man pleads guilty to 2008 rape of girl, 14, after push to test rape kits
Emily Monacelli,, May 7, 2018
In Kalamazoo County, the first of many sexual assault cases stemming from the testing of old rape kits has come to a resolution after a man pleaded guilty to a rape that occurred nearly 10 years ago.

Battle Creek man faces sexual assault charge from 2008 incident
Trace Christenson, Battle Creek Enquirer, Apr 20, 2018
A Battle Creek man has been charged in connection with a 2008 rape. The rape kit associated with this case was tested after more than 1,800 untested rape kits were found in Michigan. The defendant has been charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct and being a habitual third offender. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Rapist who almost got away with it, going to prison
John McNeill, WKZO Everything Kalamazoo, Jun 10, 2017
Thanks to funding provided by the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, David Hull is going to jail for 20-30 years for assaulting a 14-year-old girl who lived near him. To learn more about the conviction and sentencing in Michigan, read the full article.

Michigan State Police gets federal grants to review rape kits
Brad Devereaux, MLive, Oct 13, 2016
Recent federal funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance will allow the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division to conduct inventorying and testing of backlogged rape kits, as well as conduct investigations stemming from the rape kit testing. To learn more, read the full article.

Michigan works to process untested rape kits
Sarah Hurwitz, Wood TV, Apr 6, 2016
Testing of backlogged rape kits in Michigan became infamous when in 2009, prosecutors in Detroit discovered 11,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits, some dating as far back as the 1980’s. Since then, Michigan has been working tirelessly not only to catch up on its backlog, but to ensure that this never happens again. The testing revealed more than 470 links to serial rapists and connections to cases in 35 other states. Testing and prosecution led to legislation that requires law enforcement to submit any kit for testing within 28 days.

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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.

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