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Statewide Inventory of Untested Sexual Assault Kits

House Bill 49

House Bill 49 requires an annual audit of 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 timelines for SAK submission and analysis. The complete bill is available to read here.

Inventory Results

As required initially under Senate Bill 55 and now annually by House Bill 49, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has worked with municipal police agencies across the state to conduct an inventory of unsubmitted SAKs. 46 of 47 police agencies complied with the request. A total of 1696 untested victim SAKs were inventoried in 2019* . 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. Due to the Capital Project being well under way, many departments now report zero or nearly zero untested SAKs. The agency order of SAK send outs, resulted in Anchorage Police Department making up a larger percentage of remaining SAKs for the project.  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 180
Alaska State Parks 0
Anchorage Airport and Fire 1
Anchorage Police Department 1222
Bethel Police Department 7
Bristol Bay Police Department 2
Chickaloon Police Department 0
Cordova Police Department 1
Craig Police Department 0
Dillingham Department of Public Safety 6
Fairbanks Police and Fire 0
Fairbanks Police Department 15
Fort Yukon Police Department 0
Galena Police Department 1
Haines Police Department 1
Homer Police Department 1
Hoonah Police Department 1
Juneau Police Department 13
Kenai Police Department 2
Ketchikan Police Department 4
Ketchikan International Airport Police 0
King Cove Police Department 0
Klawock Police Department 1
Kodiak Police Department 1
Kotzebue Police Department 6
Metlakatla Police Department 0
Nome Police Department 1
North Pole Police Department 5
North Slope Borough Police Department 4
Palmer Police Department 4
Petersburg Police Department 1
Sand Point Department of Public Safety 0
Seldovia Police Department 1
Seward Police Department 0
Sitka Police Department 1
Skagway Police Department 1
Soldotna Police Department 4
St. Paul Department of Public Safety 0
Unalaska Department of Public Safety 5
University Police Department, Anchorage 0
University Police Department, Fairbanks 2
Valdez Police Department 1
Wasilla Police Department 3
Whittier Police Department 0
Wrangell Police Department 0
Yakutat Police Department 0
TOTAL 1506
*An additional 190 SAKs are in the process of being reviewed and are not included in the agency totals. They are accounted for in the overall inventory of 1696.