DNA Backlog Project:
LAPF Helps LAPD Eliminate Backlog of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits
In late 2008, it was discovered that 6,132 DNA rape kits sat unanalyzed in the freezer of LAPD’s Scientific Investigations Division due to understaffing and lack of funding. The only way of clearing the overwhelming backlog was to outsource the DNA evidence to private laboratories for analysis, an effort that demanded considerable funding.
In 2010, Mayor Villaraigosa announced that after two and a half years of analyzing DNA evidence, LAPD’s backlog of over 6,000 Sexual Assault Evidence Kits had been eliminated. The LAPF is proud to have raised $1,441,560 to help end DNA backlog.
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|LAPD Memorial Wall
In 2009, the Los Angeles Police Department was presented with a new Memorial for Fallen Officers.
The design involves complex wall surfaces and edges made up of 2,106 brass plaques that suspend in four layers from the core of the memorial. Of those, 204 brass plaques have the engraved names of officers, their ranks and the day each officer gave his or her life in the line of duty.
The wall is intended as a tribute to the entire force, as well as to individual officers who lost their lives. The LAPF raised $710,000 to create the memorial.