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Springfield Police Department Sends 30 Sexual Assault Kits For Testing

The Springfield Police Department has sent 30 sexual assault kits to BODE, the private lab contracted through the SAKI grant administered by the Missouri Attorney General’s office to address the backlog of untested kits, according to the department. A representative from Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s SAFE Kit Initiative was at SPD headquarters Friday to oversee the packaging and delivery of the SAKs to the lab.

As part of this initiative, SPD has been able to send 62 SAKs to BODE for testing, reducing the number of backlogged SAKs held by SPD to 169, according to a news release from the Springfield Police Department.

The effort comes as a result of a project created by the Attorney General’s SAFE Kit Initiative working group, according to the police department.

SPD Chief Paul Williams serves as the police representative on the attorney General’s Working Group.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.