Number of untested rape kits mount, and so do LE “stings”

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By Kathleen H . . . We’ve all heard the adage ‘work smarter, not harder’ but that phrase actually changes meaning depending on what your goal is!

There are two types of investigations run by ICAC and LE concerning sex crimes. One is reactive, the other is proactive.

To me, it makes sense to follow actual leads where you know a crime has been committed. In October of 2018 there where approximately 6500 untested rape kits in the state of Washington. These are men, women, and children who have been violated and are seeking justice. They believe and count on the LE to do their job. In fact, it is often illegal to investigate a crime that happened to you, and is looked upon as vigilante style justice.

But I can list dozens of proactive stings that have happened in WA state over the last 5 years, accounting for thousands of hours of work from hundreds of LE officers.

So why so many proactive stings and so few reactive investigations? Simple really. Money.

When a rape kit is processed, an investigation gets underway. This involves old style gumshoe work. It’s time consuming, tedious work requiring methodical focus to catch one perpetrator. If you’re lucky. The state spends a lot of money working each case. If they do find the person responsible, then there is a trial involved, with ‘he said, she said’ debate, shaky witnesses, failing memories… convictions are hard to get. Reactive investigations are hard work.

BUT…when LE uses a proactive sting, and lures citizens who are not looking to break the law – convictions are as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. A typical sting will net between one to two dozen arrests, sometimes more!

If that wasn’t reason enough for LE to work proactive, v. reactive, investigations…. each of the arrests receives direct funds from our very own Department of Justice!

Is the real injustice done here to the innocent man enticed into the trap? Who is no threat to our society yet will serve jail time, up to life, for something he never wanted or looked for? Or is the real injustice to the person who was violated but whose rape kit, investigation, trial, and retribution are never going to happen?

I think the real injustice is that the public are led to believe that LE will do their job to avenge the violated citizen and that they actually care about protecting the public from persons who would do harm.

In terms of harder v. smarter, reactive investigations would qualify as both harder and smarter in my opinion!

The truth concerning both reactive and proactive sex stings is that LE is out to make money while exerting the least amount of energy to actually do their jobs, keep us safe, and put the bad guys behind bars.

When did that become too much to ask?

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      Organizations do what they are incentivized to do. CEO’s make short term decisions to increase the price of their stock because that’s what they actually and literally get paid to do.

      The police in every state and jurisdiction do what they get paid to do. The problem is we citizens need to change what they get paid to do. Most police organizations equate arrests with safety. Not so. As we are learning now after all the stories coming out about cases like George Floyd. I read that in Camden, NJ the police department was disbanded and their violent crime rate fell 42%! Of course, there are multiple factors, but we can no longer incentivize police to base their performance on arrests. They have to be paid to affect real, positive changes in our communities.

      For instance, just about every jurisdiction likes to wright speeding tickets as a revenue source. Is it making the community safer? Probably not, but either way their needs to be proof. Give the police chief carte blanche to do whatever he/she believes will accomplish their goals, but ultimately, they are responsible to meet metrics that actually improve the community.

      People always do what we actually pay them to do. We’ve been paying the police to become militarized for far too long and it’s up to the community to make a left turn and pay them to do something else instead. They work for us. Not only do they need to be reminded, but we citizens need to be reminded. We all bare responsibility in the George Floyd murder because we’ve all let it go on too long.

      We can change it right now.

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      It’s all a Set-Up from The Jump, because that’s the way to get Fast-Track Convictions. Never mind that those who WERE actually Victimized ever get their day in Court. Many more than even we realize, are enduring this stuff. Why do we not know about more? Because it would RUIN the reasons for Sting Operations to continue instead of Real Police Investigative Work. I hear all the time about how backlogged the State police Lab here in Pennsylvania is just on Rape Kit Testing alone, but there’s no evidence in sight that anything’s going to be done about it. The Legislators don’t seem to care-now that it’s an Election Year-and they don’t want any extra money that could go TO THEM, diverted anywhere else…even a State Crime Lab!
      Talk about Corruption!

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