Honolulu police working to reduce backlog of untested rape kits

The Honolulu Police Department reports progress on its backlog of untested rape kits.

Earlier this month, we told you 1,375 kits remained untested.

At a police commission meeting Wednesday, the department said it has since sent 180 of those to an outside vendor for testing. Thirty more were delivered to the FBI.

That leaves just under 1,200 rape kits in HPD’s custody.

The department says it has secured federal funding to help get the remaining kits tested.

It costs between $750 and $1,200 to test each kit.

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