The Bode Technology Group, Inc. (Bode) introduced the Bode Accelerated Sexual Assault Kit Processing (Bode ASAP) service. This new service will process untested rape kits for law enforcement agencies and crime laboratories to support near real-time investigations. Using Bode’s proprietary ASAP screening method, investigators can routinely submit batches of cases using this service and receive preliminary results as well as a complete court-ready report in a matter of weeks. Bode ASAP offers the fastest turnaround times for processing on-going sexual assault kit submissions in the industry. Through this service, DNA results can then be utilized to support active investigations and identify serial criminals.
“We continue to reform what can be done in a DNA crime laboratory. We have optimized our approach and efficiency to allow investigators and victims to obtain answers ASAP,” said Amy Jeanguenat, VP, Director of Forensic Lab Operations at Bode. “This revolutionary program is a game-changer for agencies actively investigating sexual assaults and looking for immediate DNA results to solve violent crime.”
Statistics show that every 2 minutes an American is sexually assaulted. With over 80,000 rapes reported annually and an estimated rape kit backlog of more than 400,000 kits, Bode ASAP can play a critical role in supporting the law enforcement community.
"DNA is an invaluable tool in the fight to end sexual violence and hold sexual predators accountable. Bode Technology has been a longstanding partner in this effort and we are excited to learn about Bode ASAP. The sooner the criminal justice system can have DNA results to work the cases; the sooner rapists will be taken off the streets and victims can be provided with the answers and justice they deserve. With the development of this initiative, Bode is once again demonstrating why we consider them a premier partner in our work and we look forward to seeing the impact of this program," said Rebecca O’Connor, VP of Public Policy at RAINN.