2017 ORS 181A.325¹
Policies and procedures regarding collection, submission for testing, retention and destruction of kits

(1) Each law enforcement agency within this state shall have policies and procedures concerning the collection, submission for testing, retention and destruction of sexual assault forensic evidence kits. The policies and procedures must be in writing, must be made available to the public as soon as possible upon request and must include:

(a) Procedures for investigating reports of sexual assault.

(b) A time limit by which the law enforcement agency must obtain a sexual assault forensic evidence kit from a medical facility that is within seven days after the medical facility notifies the agency that the kit has been collected.

(c) A time limit by which a sexual assault forensic evidence kit must be submitted to the Department of State Police for testing that is within 14 days after taking possession of the kit from a medical facility.

(d) A requirement that the law enforcement agency submit to the department information sufficient to allow the department to prioritize the testing of a sexual assault forensic evidence kit according to the rules of the department.

(e) A prohibition on the submission of an anonymous kit to the department for testing.

(f) A requirement that all sexual assault forensic evidence kits, including anonymous kits, be retained for no less than 60 years after the collection of the evidence.

(g) A requirement that when a victim who did not previously participate with a law enforcement agency in the creation of a report of a sexual assault participates in the creation of a report of the sexual assault at a later time, the sexual assault forensic evidence kit associated with the report must be reclassified as a nonanonymous kit.

(h) A requirement that when a sexual assault forensic evidence kit is reclassified as a nonanonymous kit as described in paragraph (g) of this subsection, the law enforcement agency in possession of the kit shall submit the kit to the department for testing within 14 days of the reclassification.

(2) Each law enforcement agency within this state shall have policies and procedures concerning contact with the victims and the provision of information to victims concerning sexual assault forensic evidence kits. The policies and procedures must include:

(a) A requirement that the agency designate at least one person within the agency to receive all telephone inquiries concerning sexual assault forensic evidence kits and to serve as a liaison between the agency and the Department of State Police.

(b) A requirement that, at the time that a sexual assault forensic evidence kit is collected, a victim be provided with the contact information of a person described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(c) Provisions allowing sexual assault victims to request and receive information concerning sexual assault forensic evidence kits, including but not limited to the location, testing date and testing results of a kit, whether a DNA sample was obtained from the kit, whether or not there are matches to DNA profiles in state or federal databases and the estimated destruction date for the kit.

(d) A requirement that a person described in paragraph (a) of this subsection provide, in response to a victim inquiry concerning a sexual assault forensic evidence kit, any information the victim requests in a manner of communication designated by the victim, as soon as possible and within 30 days of the inquiry, unless the agency declines to provide the information pursuant to paragraph (e) of this subsection.

(e) Provisions allowing the agency to decline to provide information that interferes with the investigation or prosecution of a case.

(f) A procedure that allows a sexual assault victim to provide the agency with written authorization for a designee to access information on the victim’s behalf.

(g) Provisions allowing a victim to contact a person described in paragraph (a) of this subsection in order to participate with the law enforcement agency in the creation of a report of the sexual assault associated with the sexual assault forensic evidence kit. [2016 c.89 §4; 2016 c.89 §6; 2017 c.361 §2]

Note: See note under 181A.322 (Short title).

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 181A—State Police; Crime Reporting and Records; Public Safety Standards and Training; Private Security Services, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors181A.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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