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The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is implementing Second Substitute House Bill 2530 (2016 Legislative Session), which created Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 43.43.545 – Statewide sexual assault kit tracking system. The tracking system provides sexual assault survivors with the ability to anonymously track the location and status of their Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) from the point of collection through forensic analysis to final storage location and possible destruction. According to the legislation, “The system will be designed to track all sexual assault kits in Washington state, regardless of when they were collected, in order to further empower survivors with information, assist law enforcement with investigations and crime prevention, and create transparency and foster public trust.” WSP proposes to use a phased implementation process, as allowed for in the RCW, with the creation of a pilot program.
Chapter 446-95 WAC (effective June 1, 2018) — The authority the legislature gave to the Washington State Patrol to implement a tracking system requires adoption of rules establishing a uniform sexual assault kit to allow successful implementation of the sexual assault kit tracking initiative.
Washington State Second Substitute House Bill 2530 created RCW 43.43.545 – Statewide sexual assault kit tracking system, which must:
- Track the location and status of sexual assault kits throughout the criminal justice process.
- Allow medical facilities performing sexual assault forensic examinations, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, the Washington State Patrol Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau, and other entities in the custody of sexual assault kits to update and track the status and location of sexual assault kits.
- Allow victims of sexual assault to anonymously track or receive updates regarding the status of their sexual assault kits.
- The WSP shall submit a report on the current status and plan for launching the system, including the plan for phased implementation, to the joint legislative task force on sexual assault forensic examination best practices, the appropriate committees of the legislature, and the governor no later than January 1, 2017.
- The WSP shall submit a semiannual report on the statewide sexual assault kit tracking system to the joint legislative task force on sexual assault forensic examination best practices, the appropriate committees of the legislature, and the governor with the first report due July 31, 2018.