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Nampa police to change way rape kits are handled

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Posted at 12:37 PM, Nov 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-30 14:37:22-05

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) -- The Nampa Police Department plans to change the way it handles sexual assault kits in the wake of concerns over low testing rates.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Nampa detectives will now ask all victims if they want their kit tested, instead of working with victims on whether they want to prosecute and create large backlogs.

In Idaho, law enforcement agencies are in charge of determining if a kit should be tested. Kits are not submitted for testing in a victim decides he or she does not want it tested.

Earlier this month, the Press-Tribune reported that the Nampa Police Department has collected more than 100 rape kits since 2010, but only 12 have been sent to the lab.