- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The state of Alaska is getting a $1.1 million federal grant to test backlogged sexual assault evidence in possession of state troopers.

Gov. Bill Walker’s office announced Tuesday the U.S. Justice Department funds will be used to process more than 1,000 sexual assault kits.

Officials say that altogether law enforcement agencies across the state are in possession of about 3,000 unprocessed kits. Amanda Price, Walker’s senior crime policy advisor, says the Anchorage Police Department is among those exploring options on processing their backlogs of sexual assault kits.

Officials say the trooper kits will be transferred to the state crime lab for processing.

According to officials, the three-year grant also will pay for a cold case investigator and prosecuting attorney to focus on any resulting cases.

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