The Mobile Police Department joined the SAKI program in 2015 after receiving a grant in the amount of $828,203, which they used to inventory, process, and test 1,412 unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). This initial funding allowed the department to implement a comprehensive sexual assault response reform program, create a working group, and designate a site coordinator.
In 2016, the Mobile Police Department received $118,111 in SAKI funding to renovate the existing SAK storage area to ensure that the storage and inventory of SAKs follows National Institute of Standards and Technology standards and guidelines while protecting and preserving the integrity of SAKs.
In 2017, SAKI awarded the Mobile Police Department additional funding with a $1.9-million grant. The additional funds are being used to create a Special Victims Unit and Family Justice Center. The funding also supports training in relation to sexual assault evidence collection, DNA technology, victimization and trauma response, and other related topics to improve the quality and outcomes of sexual assault investigations and prosecutions.
In 2018, the Mobile Police Department was awarded a $1.5-million grant to sustain the Special Victims Unit and Family Justice Center, enter cases into the FBI Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP), and support criminal analysis efforts.
To assist other jurisdictions in the state of Alabama, the Mobile Police Department received $293,288 in 2019 SAKI funding to develop and deliver a training module to other law enforcement agencies focused on fostering a victim-centered, trauma-informed response to sexual assault.
The Mobile Police Department has used SAKI funding to achieve several goals and milestones, including the following:
Learn more about the Mobile Police Department's Promise Initiative for Survivors of Sexual Assault. The Promise Initiative hotline (251-431-5100, extension 226) is available for anyone who would like more information or thinks they may have an untested sexual assault kit at the Mobile Police Department.
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To learn more about their progress, read below for other news and events out of Mobile Police Department (Alabama).
Mobile PD backlog of untested rape kits all submitted to state lab
Cory Pippin, NBC 15, May 28, 2019
The Mobile County District Attorney’s Office told NBC 15 that MPD has now submitted its entire backlog of untested rape kits to the state crime lab.
Suspect charged in 1997 Mobile home invasion rape case
Lawrence Specker, Alabama.com, Feb 23, 2019
The Mobile SAKI-funded task force investigating cold-case sexual assaults in the area have made an arrest in a 1997 case based on DNA evidence from a previously unsubmitted sexaul assault kits.
Mobile's Sexual Assault Kit backlog cleared
Steve Alexander, Fox 10 News, Dec 12, 2018
Thanks to their SAKI funding, Mobile Police Department has tested all of the 750 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits that were in their custody, and have made three arrests.
SAKI program could lead to more cold case rape arrests
Dana Winter, News 5 WKRG, Dec 11, 2018
The SAKI grant has made it possible for the Mobile Police Department to test 757 sexual assault kits and so far have received more than 100 hits back from CODIS.
Mobile police arrest man in 1989 rape of 3-year-old girl
Mauriel Bailey, My NBC 15, Dec 10, 2018
DNA from previously submitted sexual assault kit led Mobile Police Department to make an arrest in a 29-year-old rape case.
Mobile initiative to punish sexual assault wins $2 Million in new grants
Lawrence Specker, Sep 26, 2018
Thanks to their multiple SAKI grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the, Mobile Police Department has been able to work through their previously submitted sexual assault kit sand create a multi-disciplinary team consisting of investigators, prosecutors, victim advocates, and academic experts. The 2018 grant funding will be used to sustain investigative positions and add positions for victim advocates and data analysts.
Cold case rape arrest a milestone for Mobile task force
Lawrence Specker, al.com, Apr 13, 2018
The Mobile Police Department made an arrest in a 1998 case after the sexual assault kit received modern DNA testing. In 2015, the Mobile Police Department received BJA SAKI funding to inventory and test its previously unsubmitted SAKs. In 2016, the Mobile Police Department received another SAKI grant to renovate its evidence storage room. With SAKI funding received in 2017, the Mobile Police Department will build a special victims unit.
Mobile Police Department awarded another $1.9 million in SAKI grants to test rape kits
Keith Lane, mynbc15.com, Oct 6, 2017
The Mobile Police Department (MPD) received another $1.9 million in funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI). This is the third year that MPD has received SAKI funding.
Mobile Police Department Solves 2 decades old cold case of sexual assault of minor
Jared Boyd, AL.com, Apr 13, 2016
A Wilmer man was sentenced to two life sentences of imprisonment after a DNA hit from testing backlogged rape kits matched with a 2 decade-old cold rape case. To learn more about the strides Mobile is making toward ending the backlog of rape kits, 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.