- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Salt Lake City Police Department is getting a $270,000 federal grant to pay for tests of DNA and evidence related to rape in cold cases.

The grant announced Wednesday is part of $5 million in awards from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Police Chief Chris Burbank says he hopes the tests generate new leads for detectives.

Burbank and his department have been criticized over their backlog of untested rape kits containing evidence such as semen and saliva.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1x5714U) about 750 of 1,000 kits collected from 2003 to 2011 were untested.

Burbank has said detectives prioritized kits that they believed would further investigations.

Critics say the untested kits deny justice for victims.

Each test costs about $1,100.


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

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