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 Maricopa County Attorney s Office Arizona - MCAO Receives Millions in Federal Funding for Cold Cases Processing of Sexual Assault Rape Kits 01 February 2022 ( news )

Maricopa County Attorney s Office Arizona - MCAO Receives Millions in Federal Funding for Cold Cases Processing of Sexual Assault Rape Kits 01 February 2022 ( news )

Maricopa County Attorney s Office , state Arizona
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   Tuesday , Feb . 1 , 2022 ( Phoenix , AZ ) - The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office ( MCAO ) is proud to announce it is the recipient of approximately $3 million in grants from the Department of Justice to help find justice for victims of crime .
   One of the grants will help further investigations where DNA serves as a catalyst to find perpetrators in cases that have gone cold . The other grant pertains to the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative ( commonly referred to as SAKI ) which enables law enforcement to process rape kits in a tim......ely fashion . This is in addition to providing funding for training to improve cold case and sexual assault prosecutions and investigations .
   The DNA cold case grant will provide MCAO with more than $500 , 000 to pay for additional DNA testing , create a countywide database of cold cases , hire a data analyst , and ultimately be a multiplier of resources for seasoned prosecutors who are experts in cold case homicide investigations .
   “This is the first time our office has been awarded this grant .  Our goal is to increase the number of successful prosecutions of cold cases throughout our county and provide closure to the victims of violent crimes , ” said County Attorney Allister Adel .
   The SAKI grant , with an award amount of nearly $2 . 5 million , will fund several initiatives . It will continue to support ongoing testing of sexual assault kits that need to be submitted for further DNA testing . It provides additional funding for training of law enforcement agencies in the valley . Within the County Attorney’s Office , the grant will allow for the hiring of more detectives and crime analysts who assist law enforcement with the investigation of sexual assault crimes .
   “These resources enable us to continue doing the work that we’ve been doing by assisting agencies that may not have the manpower or a specialized unit to investigate these crimes and will allow us to continue providing financial resources to ensure test are processed responsibly and in a timely manner , ” said Adel .
   





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