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Statewide Inventory of Untested Sexual Assault Kits

House Bill 31

House Bill 31 requires an annual audit of unsubmitted, untested sexual assault kits (SAKs). These audits provide data that law enforcement can use to prioritize efforts to address the untested kits as well as evaluate their current practices and policies. The legislation also establishes a victim-centered approach to reporting of sexual assault and mandates 12 hours of sexual assault training at all police academies in Alaska. The complete bill is available to read here.

Inventory Results

As required initially under Senate Bill 55 and then annually by House Bill 31, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has worked with municipal police agencies across the state to conduct an inventory of unsubmitted SAKs. All 48 police agencies complied with the request. A total of 2568 untested victim SAKs were inventoried in 2018* . Currently DPS is working with municipal police departments to address their untested victim SAKs using capital funds provided by the state legislature. 

The chart below shows unsubmitted SAKs by department. The six police agencies with the highest percentages of the over all total are listed, with the Anchorage Police Department having the largest number. For a complete list of unsubmitted SAKs by agency, please refer to the table.
 


* The total number of unsubmitted victim SAKs does not include SAKs belonging to anonymous victims. These SAKs will not be tested, in agreement with the position of Office of Violence Against Women. Should victims in these cases wish to convert their case from anonymous, their SAK could be eligible for testing.


Inventory of Unsubmitted SAKS
 by Police Department

 
Police Department Victim SAKs
Alaska Railroad Police 0
Alaska State Troopers 170
Alaska State Parks 0
Anchorage Airport and Fire 1
Anchorage Police Department 1584
Bethel Police Department 44
Bristol Bay Police Department 0
Chickaloon Police Department 0
Cordova Police Department 1
Craig Police Department 3
Dillingham Department of Public Safety 5
Fairbanks Police and Fire 0
Fairbanks Police Department 163
Fort Yukon Police Department 0
Galena Police Department 1
Haines Police Department 4
Homer Police Department 19
Hoonah Police Department 0
Juneau Police Department 177
Kenai Police Department 38
Ketchikan Police Department 71
Ketchikan International Airport Police 0
King Cove Police Department 0
Klawock Police Department 0
Kodiak Police Department 4
Kotzebue Police Department 19
Metlakatla Police Department 0
Nome Police Department 116
North Pole Police Department 5
North Slope Borough Police Department 32
Palmer Police Department 16
Petersburg Police Department 8
Sand Point Department of Public Safety 1
Seldovia Police Department 0
Seward Police Department 6
Sitka Police Department 17
Skagway Police Department 0
Soldotna Police Department 24
St. Paul Department of Public Safety 0
Unalaska Department of Public Safety 4
University Police Department, Anchorage 1
University Police Department, Fairbanks 3
Valdez Police Department 9
Wasilla Police Department 19
Whittier Police Department 0
Wrangell Police Department 0
Yakutat Police Department 3
TOTAL 2568