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DNA Resource Center Training Opportunities

  • How is the Ohio BCI handing 9,000 rape kits that need testing?

    December 16, 2014 1:00 PM
    In late 2011, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a statewide initiative to get previously-untested sexual assault kits (SAKs) off law enforcement departments’ shelves and into the lab for testing. Since then, 147 agencies have submitted 9,021 SAKs to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), which is handling most of the testing. To date, about 60% of these kits have been tested. Hear from David Miller, a forensic scientist, about how BCI is handling the influx of cases while maintaining current turnaround times for new cases. The success of BCI’s program demonstrates that managing testing for large numbers of SAKs can be accomplished. As more communities discover untested kits, it’s likely other crime labs will face this issue soon.

  • Stopping Rapists in Ohio By Testing Sexual Assault Kits (SAKs)

    December 3, 2014 1:00 PM
    Since early 2013, Cleveland, Ohio, has sent more than 4,000 previously-untested sexual assault kits out for analysis and have experienced amazing results that positively impact public safety. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO) has issued indictments against 229 defendants as a result of CODIS hits and 155 serial offenders have been identified. Learn from CCPO prosecutor Rick Bell about the cases they have solved by testing these unsubmitted SAKs and the lessons they have learned along the way about the importance of testing rape kits.

What people are saying . . . 

"I spent 10 years as a law enforcement legal instructor at a police academy and this presentation...would be invaluable to any law enforcement officer."

"I was extremely impressed with the level of expertise of the guest speakers. Each session was well presented, and it was an extreme pleasure to attend."

"I will be a better prosecutor because of this training and my additional understanding of DNA."

Some of the resources in the DNA Resource Center were developed with funding under cooperative agreements 2009-SZ-B9-K010, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice and 2011-TA-AX-K048, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Some of the resources in the DNA Resource Center were also developed with funding from our partner, Life Technologies.