The Backlog:

Tulsa

Tulsa is one of the cities where we are using public records requests to uncover the number of untested rape kits in police storage. Through our efforts, we have learned Tulsa has a backlog of 3,783 untested kits. To learn more about our process, see below. 

Right now, there is more we do not know about the backlog than we do know because few state governments and no federal agencies require law enforcement to track rape kit data. For that reason, we have undertaken The Accountability Project to bring greater transparency and accountability around rape kit testing practices nationwide.

Download the public records response from Tulsa here. 

  • Backlog Status

Count
Partially Counted
Testing
Testing Status Unknown
Resolved
Unknown
Size
3,783*

* As reported by Seattle Police in January 2011

  • Additional Information

January 10: Call to Forensic Nursing Administrator at Tulsa Police Department (TPD): TPD applied for but did not receive the National Institute of Justice's action research grant in 2011 

February 4: Sent public records request email to City Clerk’s Office for TPD’s grant application

February 6: Received grant application dated January 4, 2011: estimated 3,783 untested kits dating back to 1989

February 24: Call about post-January 2011 numbers to Forensic Nursing Administrator, who suggested contacting the Sex Crimes Unit

February 24- April 9: 3 emails and 3 phone calls to Sex Crimes Unit

May 22: Call with Sex Crimes and crime lab representatives, who said they could not confirm any numbers

May 29 – August 7: Sent 2 emails and 2 letters to confirm estimated numbers 

August 7: Sent public records request letter seeking number of untested kits since January 2011

Request Pending 

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