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Should We Test Anonymous Kits?

This Training Bulletin addresses the question of whether or not evidence collected in association with a non-investigative report (often referred to as an anonymous report) should be submitted to the laboratory for analysis. In short, the answer is no.

Presentation at NIJ Conference

An archived recording is available of a presentation given by Anthony J. Onorato, Chief of the FBI Nuclear DNA Unit. The presentation was given at a conference hosted by the National Institute of Justice on September 8-9, 2016. The symposium was entitled, Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium. Chief Onorato’s presentation was included on Panel 7 entitled “In the Lab – Testing Sexual Assault Evidence.”

Template Materials for Non-Investigative Reports

In Texas, evidence collected during a medical forensic exams of a victim who has not yet decided to participate in the criminal justice system is stored by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Sample documents that might be useful for other jurisdictions include instructions for packaging and mailing the evidence, and releasing it to law enforcement. Forms are also provided to submit evidence to the crime laboratory for storage (not analysis), bill the state agency for specific services, and release evidence to law enforcement. These documents can easily be adapted for use in other communities.

OLTI Module on DNA and Biological Evidence

A training module in the OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) explores the complex role of DNA and other biological evidence in a sexual assault investigation. A number of resources and tools are provided, along with a series of complex and interactive case examples. 

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