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Annual Statewide Inventory of Untested Sexual Assault Kits

The first statewide inventory results were reported in November 2017. With Alaska Statute 44.41.070, the inventory of untested kits is now conducted annually. All law enforcement agencies that handle sexual assault kits are required to participate.

Alaska Statute 44.41.070 reads:

By September 1 of each year, each law enforcement agency and state department charged with the maintenance, storage, and preservation of sexual assault examination kits shall conduct an inventory of untested sexual assault examination kits and report, in writing, to the Department of Public Safety the number of untested sexual assault examination kits in the possession of the agency or department, the number of sexual assault examination kits that the law enforcement agency or state department has determined are ineligible for testing under (e) of this section, with the reason or reasons the untested sexual assault examination kits were determined to be ineligible for testing, and the date on which each untested sexual assault examination kit was collected.

Because law enforcement agencies are required to submit kits to the Crime Lab within 30 days (Alaska Statute 44.41.065), much of this inventory takes place at the Crime Lab. As such, the inventory includes both unsubmitted and submitted kits that have not been tested.

Click the sections below for inventory results.
 

2020 Inventory Results

811 Statewide total* untested kits

The chart below shows untested SAKs by department at the time of the most recent inventory (fall 2020). Due to the Capital Project being well under way, many departments now report zero or nearly zero untested SAKs. The agency order of SAKs tested in the Capital Testing Project resulted in Anchorage Police Department making up a larger percentage of remaining SAKs for the project. For a complete list of untested SAKs by agency, please refer to the table in the next section.

* The total number of untested victim SAKs does not include those identified in AS 44.41.070 as ineligible for testing such as those that are scientifically unviable, SAKs that do not meet CODIS eligibility requirements, or SAKs belonging to anonymous victims/survivors. Should survivors in anonymous cases wish to convert their case to a reported case, their SAK could be eligible for testing.


2021 inventory will be updated in late fall 2021.


2020 Inventory of Untested SAKS
 by Police Department

 
Police Department Untested Victim SAKs
Alaska Railroad Police 0
Alaska State Troopers 124
Alaska State Parks 0
Anchorage Airport and Fire 1
Anchorage Police Department 590
Bethel Police Department 15
Bristol Bay Police Department **
Chickaloon Police Department **
Cordova Police Department 2
Craig Police Department **
Dillingham Department of Public Safety 3
Fairbanks Police and Fire 0
Fairbanks Police Department 11*
Fort Yukon Police Department **
Galena Police Department **
Haines Police Department 1
Homer Police Department 3
Hoonah Police Department 1
Juneau Police Department 13
Kenai Police Department 3
Ketchikan Police Department 9
Ketchikan International Airport Police 0
King Cove Police Department 0
Klawock Police Department **
Kodiak Police Department 1
Kotzebue Police Department 10
Metlakatla Police Department 0
Nome Police Department 2
North Pole Police Department 1
North Slope Borough Police Department 4
Palmer Police Department 2
Petersburg Police Department 2
Sand Point Department of Public Safety **
Seldovia Police Department 0
Seward Police Department 0
Sitka Police Department 2
Skagway Police Department 0
Soldotna Police Department 3
St. Paul Department of Public Safety 0
Unalaska Department of Public Safety 1
University Police Department, Anchorage 0
University Police Department, Fairbanks 0
Valdez Police Department 5
Wasilla Police Department 1
Whittier Police Department **
Wrangell Police Department 2*
Yakutat Police Department **
TOTAL 811
** Agencies did not provide inventory responses and did not have any untested SAKs at the crime lab. 
* Fairbanks PD & Wrangell PD did not provide an inventory response but the crime lab had untested SAKs.