The Phoenix Police Department has made significant changes to their protocols for testing DNA in rape cases after an ABC15 Investigation exposed thousands of Valley sex crimes had untested evidence.
"Does it assist us in solving crimes? Absolutely," said Commander Sandra Renteria, who oversees Phoenix’s sex crimes bureau. "So, it’s very important."
After sex assaults, victims are given an examination and swabbed all over their bodies to collect any DNA that may have been left behind by the attacker.
The evidence is stored in what’s often called a rape kit or sexual assault kit.
In November, the ABC15 Investigators exposed there were at least 3,000 rape kits in the Valley that had never been tested.
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