SAKI awarded the City of Tulsa an FY2018 grant of $1,523,037, which is being used to complete an inventory of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). Tulsa has identified and begun to address the delays in testing these SAKs. Funding is currently being used to establish and execute a procedure for SAK testing and adequate victim notification services. With SAKI funding, Tulsa has hired four full-time staff membersa site coordinator, two SAKI investigators, and one SAKI crimes analyst. The grant funds also provide for enough consistent overtime pay within the local laboratory that staff may have the opportunity to test all backlogged SAKs during hours separate from their regular work hours.
In FY2021, the City of Tulsa received a grant in the amount of $2,047,390 to continue testing, investigating, and prosecuting their unsubmitted and partially tested SAKs. The Tulsa Police Department is on track to test all 750 SAKs designated in the FY2018 SAKI award. There are 2,351 untested SAKs remaining. The funding will also be used to strengthen and utilize the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), and build and sustain a victim-centered response. Investigators will follow the SART-developed victim notification protocols as they reopen cases for investigation.
For more information on this site's specific SAKI awards, see the table below.
|FY2018||$1,523,037||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2021||$2,047,390||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
Tulsa police use DNA testing to arrest man accused in 2003 rape case
Fox 23 News, Mar 11, 2021
DNA from a previously unsubmitted SAK and a subsequent CODIS hit leads to arrest in sexual assault case from 2003.
Grant will fund testing of some Tulsa rape kits
Barla Slipke, The Oklahomian, Oct 18, 2018
Tulsa police received a $1.5 million SAKI grant to assist in their efforts of supporting sexual assault survivors. The grant money will allow 750 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits to be tested, allow the Tulsa PD to hire a cold-case detective to work on the cases that result from testing the kits as well as a victim advocate for the Special Victims Unit.
TPD awarded 2018 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grant
KJRH 2 Tulsa, Sep 25, 2018
Tulsa police were awarded with a $1.5 million Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant for a three-year project.
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.