- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say they will start testing all rape kits and clearing a backlog of hundreds.

KNXV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/29h7TgU) that the police department began testing all rape kits Friday.

Phoenix police also have 1,700 kits being held as evidence yet remain untested.

Authorities say some samples went untested for several reasons such as if the victim didn’t know the offender or if there was disagreement about consent.

The new effort comes as there is a push across Arizona and nationwide to reduce the backlog of untested DNA evidence in sexual assault cases.

Gov. Doug Ducey recently signed an executive order to form a task force to come up with ways to address untested kits in Arizona.

A spokesman for Ducey praised Phoenix police’s reversal on testing rape kits.

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Information from: KNXV-TV, http://www.abc15.com

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