Massachusetts Contracts with STACS DNA for Track-Kit Statewide Sexual Assault Kit Tracking
System to be implemented in all regions of the state by end of 2019
OTTAWA, ON—October 8, 2019—STACS DNA, the sample-tracking software company, today announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has selected Track-Kit as its sexual assault evidence collection kit (SAECK) tracking system. Led by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) and the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security, the system is to be implemented in all regions of the state by the end of the year.
“Building and implementing a robust tracking system for Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits is one of the most important aspects of the criminal justice reform bill signed into law last year and we are very pleased to have in STACS DNA a strong partner dedicated to helping us fulfill this important directive,” said MA Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas A. Turco.
“This tracking system will provide a greater degree of awareness and utility for criminal justice stakeholders involved in sexual assault evidence collection and will provide a sexual assault survivor with critical information as to the status of their kit,” said MA Secretary of Technology Services and Security Curtis M. Wood. “I am pleased to play a role in deploying this important system across the Commonwealth.”
Track-Kit will be implemented to thousands of users at hospitals, law enforcement agencies, forensic DNA laboratories, district attorneys’ offices, EOPSS, and other stakeholders across the state. Most importantly, it will be available to sexual assault survivors, confidentially providing the status and location of their kit as well as local sexual assault resources and contact information.
Under the agreement, STACS DNA will provide turnkey services to ensure a smooth and rapid rollout. This includes comprehensive training with online webinar sessions for users at each facility, as well as technical, multichannel end-user support 24/7. Massachusetts will be the sixth state for which STACS DNA has implemented Track-Kit sexual assault evidence collection kit-tracking.
“We are pleased to be working with EOPSS to deliver sexual assault evidence collection kit tracking to the citizens of Massachusetts,” says Jocelyn Tremblay, President and COO, STACS DNA. “We can help them get up and running very quickly and securely to provide vital information to everyone who needs it across the state.”
The SAECK tracking system is being implemented in response to the passage of Chapter 69 of the Acts of 2018, An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform, with supporting funding in 2019. The new law mandates establishing a statewide tracking system intended to provide survivors access to the testing status of their sexual assault evidence collection kits.
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STACS DNA offers sample tracking software for forensics and healthcare. Track-Kit™ tracks every sample statewide to prevent delayed or lost kits and keep thousands of stakeholders informed. STACS® software is the most comprehensive DNA sample tracking and lab management software, maximizing processing throughput and minimizing risk. Our customers are federal, state, regional and local agencies, including many of the largest forensics DNA labs in North America. Visit www.stacsdna.com.
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