In FY2023, SAKI awarded the County of Riverside $1.5 million to effectively prioritize cases with suspect DNA, submit DNA for timely analysis, and investigate and prosecute the resulting cases. The County of Riverside will increase its team's investigative capacity by bringing new forensic techniques to the forefront (e.g., forensic genetic genealogy) and allowing them to partner with certified private labs for DNA testing. Additionally, the county will pursue new leads based on information acquired through SAKI-funded DNA analysis, and work expediently to identify, arrest, and prosecute serial offenders.
For more information on the specific SAKI award for this site, see the table below.
|Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults
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.