SDPD's Rape Kit Backlog Testing Underway
A new state audit found that the San Diego Police Department has more untested rape kits than any other law enforcement agency in California — 1,627.
State law requires that evidence from every sexual assault exam since 2016 be tested.
Last year, Voice of San Diego found that the SDPD had decided to treat some old rape kits differently by testing them less rigorously to address the backlog. But the department changed its policy after criticism from San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan.
SDPD now says the kits have been sent for testing to a third-party lab. The department expects all the results in two years.
Andrew Keatts joined KPBS Midday Edition on Monday to share the details of his reporting.