Wichita police will test 100 percent of sexual assault kits

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Wichita police are committing to testing 100 percent of sexual assault kits, the department announced Friday. 

The Wichita Police Department has been working with the DA's office and the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center on the testing of the kits and recognized the importance of testing all of them, WPD said in a news release. 

"Now we know that the best practice is to test all the kits," said Chief Gordon Ramsay. "Nationally, other factors have been found where testing these kits, getting them into the national database, leads to potentially other findings."

Police have started operational plans to achieve the goal. In 2017, the department participated in the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, which resulted in more than 1,000 untested kits being sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Those kits are still in various stages of testing and results are being reviewed on an ongoing basis.

"It's another way to say to survivors, 'We believe you. We want to do everything we can in this investigation to get to the bottom of it and get justice,'" said Kathy Williams, executive director of the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center.

Additionally, an agreement has been reached with the KBI to deliver a backlog of approximately 600 kits accumulated since 2015. The backlog is expected to be delivered before the end of 2018. 

For more information about WASAC, click here. There is also a 24-hour crisis line at (316) 263-3002.

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