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Thursday, October 04, 2007

KCPD gets $500K to investigate unsolved sex assaults

The money is coming in the form of a federal grant. It'll let the department hire new detectives and computer equipment to look into 1,200 unsolved sex crimes, Tony Rizzo reports. (The crime lab is getting its own grant to handle the increased number of DNA tests.) Until now, only two investigators have been available to work these kinds of cases, on a part-time basis.

The need for extra officers to focus on old cases has increased in the last several years, after Missouri lawmakers mandated that DNA samples be collected from all convicted felons and entered into a computer database. A different grant has allowed the regional crime lab to process DNA evidence from old cases.

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