Los Angeles Police Clear Historic Rape Kit Backlog

   LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department has eliminated its historical backlog of untested evidence kits collected after sexual assaults.

   Capt. Kevin McClure told the city’s civilian Police Commission Tuesday that the backlog had been whittled from 6,132 in 2008 to zero. Results from the last several hundred kits still need to be reviewed, but he expects that to happen within 60 days.

   The LAPD came under intense pressure to clear its backlog of untested kits, many of which contained DNA that could potentially identify the attacker in the case. With the help of federal grants, the Police Department outsourced much of the testing to outside agencies.

   McClure says that in 2010, testing of cold case and current rape kits led to the arrests of 245 people.

  • sanitywillprevail

    And they wonder why more do not report rape. Just when you begin to put your life back together, they finally get the results and the victimization process starts all over.

  • stevenmd

    Out of 6,132 evidence kits, only 245 people were arested? Odd.

  • Dawn

    Maybe of the 245 there was a few multiple rapes, serial rapist. divided up of the 6,132, what if the 245 arrested averaged 25 rapes.
    Doing the math sounds bad, but coming from someone who was raped and had a rape kit done I have moved on. My rape was not a violent one. I still have some flashbacks but thanks be to God I was able to move on.

  • kendra

    hmm i wonder if this is true. and im sure they addressed these kits with the least amount of effort or care as humanly possible. point proven by the arrested turnover rate.

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