Mayor Issues Executive Order For Rape Kit Testing

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(Memphis) Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. issued an Executive Order today requiring the Memphis Police Department to develop a plan to deal with the backlog of sexual assault test kits.

News Channel 3 uncovered the problem with up to 8,000 untested kits three years ago.

Mayor Wharton also ordered investigators to work with, “various public and community stakeholders to assure appropriate notification and interaction with victims, and establishing clear policies and procedures for prompt processing of new kits.”

In a news release, “Mayor Wharton commended Police Director Toney Armstrong, District Attorney General Amy Weirich, Memphis City Council and others involved for their efforts to address the backlog issue, and he laid out a clear plan for dealing with the kits in the future.”

Within three months of the order, the Memphis Police Department is expected to begin providing monthly reports to the Mayor and the Public Safety Committee of the Memphis City Council regarding the status of the remedial plan and any new developments involving the processing of sexual assault test kits.

The order calls for the Chief Administrative Officer and the Director of Police Services to get input from the community on the best ways to respond to victims of violence and rape through safety and health institutions, and to review protocol for all interactions with victims from 911 calls to follow-up actions.

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