SAKI awarded the City of Omaha Police Department a FY2018 grant of $1,901,640 to continue work with an established Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Working Group, which partners with two women's organizations as well as the Douglas County Attorney's Office. Having completed a pilot project of testing 25 kits in early 2018, Omaha aims to use those data to strengthen victim services and data reporting, as well as the ability of the criminal justice system to pursue and prosecute leads from these kits. SAKI will enable Omaha to hire several additional staff, including a crisis counselor, and will provide trauma-informed response training to better serve victims.
In FY2020, the City of Omaha was awarded an additional $966,882 in SAKI funding to submit untested sexual assault kits within the Omaha Police Department, build capacity for the criminal justice system to pursue leads and prosecute cases, and create infrastructure for data reporting. The funding also will be used to enhance the current SAKI model by funding two forensic scientists, two analysts, and a laboratory contractor.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2018||$1,901,640||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2020||$966,882||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.