Los Angeles: At a press conference held yesterday outside the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab, longtime LAPD supporter Councilmember Jack Weiss presented the Department with a $250,000 check to assist in the clearing of backlogged rape kits. “Fighting violent crime must be top priority and DNA lets us target some of the most dangerous repeat offenders lurking in our neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Weiss. “With this $250,000 LAPD can test 250 more rape kits, solve these crimes, and prevent more rapes.”
Detective Bureau Deputy Chief Charlie Beck thanked Councilmember Weiss on behalf of the Department, noting “Our politicians, especially here in Los Angeles, are behind us 100% on these issues but, I think what the Councilmember has done here really shows his commitment. It shows his passion and his sense of justice, and that’s what this money is about. This money is about bringing justice to victims.”
Los Angeles Police Foundation President Karen Wagener was also on hand to request the public’s assistance with private donations to help further clear the Department’s untested rape kits. With a goal of $4 million, to date, the Foundation has raised $1.4 million thus far towards the Department’s DNA backlog. Ms. Wagener asked, “For anyone who would like to make a donation that is fully tax deductible, please visit our website at www.ladnahelp.org. The Foundation guarantees that every donation, 100% of it, goes to the DNA backlog.” To contact the Los Angeles Police Foundation, please call 213-489-4636.