Gov. Wolf Commends State Police for Ending Forensic Rape Kit Backlog, Supporting Crime Victims

first_img Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today commended the Pennsylvania State Police forensics for completing the testing of more than 1,100 kits in 2018 and reducing its backlog from 390 kits to zero.“I commend the Pennsylvania State Police for its commitment to ending the backlog of untested rape kits,” Gov. Wolf said. “When I took office in 2015, I made it a priority to bring the right level of staff on board at the Pennsylvania State Police to do this incredibly important forensic work in a much timelier manner,” Gov. Wolf said. “Timely testing of these vital pieces of evidence helps to ensure victims know they are supported, and their case is important. Test results also ensure perpetrators are held accountable for this heinous crime.”“For every untested kit there is both a victim without resolution in their respective case and an unknown perpetrator who could be identified,” Jennifer Storm, Victim Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania said. “It is unconscionable to think of evidence just lying around untested that could lead to justice and prevent further sexual violence and I applaud the Pennsylvania State Police for helping to end the backlog.”The Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act was amended on July 10, 2015, with the passage of Act 27. As amended, local law enforcement agencies are required to submit the number of sexual assault kits in their inventory with any backlogged evidence awaiting testing to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which in turn publishes an annual report at the end of April. Each testing laboratory used by a local law enforcement agency is required to submit the same information to the department.The annual report is intended to provide a comprehensive view of the number of untested sexual assault kits in the commonwealth and to ensure that those kits are tested in a timely fashion. This, in part, ensures that sexual assault data is uploaded into the requisite federal database to help solve related sexual assault cases.Kits may be considered backlogged for a number of reasons, including that some kits are from victims who have not yet consented to testing and anonymous victims. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 17, 2019center_img Gov. Wolf Commends State Police for Ending Forensic Rape Kit Backlog, Supporting Crime Victimslast_img read more

David da Silva: “EasyOdds has a natural role to fulfil”

first_img Submit Parliamentary report brands Gambling Commission as ‘toothless’ June 28, 2020 Share Related Articles EasyOdds CEO David da Silva believes his firm has “a natural role to fulfil as an independent body sitting between consumers, operators and the UK Gambling Commission”.The comments were made during an interview with AffiliateINSIDER, when da Silva was probed on what kind of strategy the sports betting affiliate has implemented to deal with compliance and social responsibility. “To fulfil our promise as the punters’ champion we also need to offer the tools for their own protection,” he explained. “We’re currently building player protection into the EasyOdds user experience to make sure we help our users find the right information or resources – not just the best betting odds. “We believe EasyOdds has a natural role to fulfil as an independent body sitting between consumers, operators and the UK Gambling Commission. As such, we’re actively engaging with all of these stakeholders to identify the biggest impact we can bring to the industry as a whole.​”In operation since 1999, EasyOdds has built its brand around being one of the first ever affiliates, accumulating a great deal of trust and authenticity in the process. “We serve a very loyal user base of punters who rely on our original promise to them – to be on their side and help them get the best deals available from bookmakers,” da Silva agrees.With twenty years already on the clock, the firm is showing no signs of taking its foot of the gas anytime soon. “EasyOdds is an established UK online betting institution,” he enthuses. “It makes sense to build on this by taking our proposition and experience into new markets.​ In fact, you will be hearing a lot of exciting news from EasyOdds over the coming twelve months from both a commercial and punter’s perspective.”da Silva will talk on the affiliate CEO panel, moderated by AffiliateINSIDER CEO Lee-Ann Johnstone, at next month’s Betting on Football conference. Find out more here. UKGC – Credit ban applies across all technology verticals June 10, 2020 Share David Da Silva: Easyodds.com – A ‘modern romance’ with Vinnie Jones February 14, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more