The Springfield Police Department has sent 30 sexual assault test kits to the private laboratory hired by the state through a grant to test the backlog of the state’s kits.
A representative of Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s SAFE Kits Initiative came to the Springfield PD headquarters on Friday to oversee packaging and delivery of the kits to BODE, the private lab.
“ We are taking steps to ensure the project will continue and expand in order to allow the remaining backlogged kits held by SPD, and other agencies across the state, to be submitted for testing,” Chief Williams said in a statement. “These efforts mark the most recent positive steps undertaken by SPD as we continue to work diligently to identify perpetrators of sexual assaults and, hopefully, bring long-awaited closure to their victims.”
Sixty-two kits were sent by the SPD for testing, reducing the department’s backlog of kits to 169.
As part of the first step of the program, SPD sent 30 kits in December 2019 and two more in January 2020. The results have not yet been returned to the SPD, who will then determine next steps in those cases.