- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Salt Lake City police are promising swifter processing of rape kits, and they say they are starting a website to track the progress.

Police Chief Chris Burbank says officials will now post online information involved in hundreds of rape cases.

Burbank says the site won’t list victim names or case numbers. But he says it will show if rape kits are sent on to the state crime lab.

The announcement comes after Salt Lake City Council members on Tuesday criticized a backlog in the processing.

The kits include evidence collected by medical workers, such as semen or saliva.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1mgQ53G) in Salt Lake City, about 620 rape kits are waiting to be processed.

Burbank says his department will start posting cases June 1.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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