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Police Chief announces project to improve the way rape kits are processed

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - After a heated Salt Lake City Council meeting tried to get to the bottom of a backlog of hundreds of untested rape kits, Wednesday Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank refuted any allegations of lack of caring.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - After a heated Salt Lake City Council meeting tried to get to the bottom of a backlog of hundreds of untested rape kits, Wednesday Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank refuted any allegations of lack of caring.

“I'm standing here today with commissioner squires and Sim Gill that there is no division in this. And we are committed to work together to improve this process,” said Burbank.

Burbank announced the Code R Project to improve the way those Code R rape kits are processed.

Beginning June 1, the Salt Lake Police Department will post a link on their website, allowing the public to follow the investigation-- step-by-step--of individual Code R examinations.

"We will begin with the oldest kit we have in the evidence room. And we will post a synopsis of the circumstance of that event. And from there, we will then post whether we send that to the laboratory and why,” said Burbank.

Lab results will be posted on the website as well followed by whether or not the case will go to the district attorney's office.

District Attorney Sim Gill announced they were also partnering with the Salt Lake Rape Recovery Center on this project.

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