In 2017 the Arizona Department of Public Safety was tasked with tracking all sex assault kits collected throughout the state of Arizona. To meet this demand, the Arizona Department of Public Safety purchased an online program called Track-Kit, which has been provided free of charge to all medical facilities, law enforcement agencies, forensic laboratories, and now to state prosecutors. This presentation will provide a history of the program as well as an introduction to how prosecutors can begin to use it as a new resource.
|Track-Kit Sex Assault Kit Tracking in Arizona (1.4 MB)
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Grant Belancik is a Supervising Forensic Scientist at the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Crime Lab, located in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Belancik has been with the department over 14 years, and currently manages the DNA Casework Unit, focusing on sexual assaults. He is also currently a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Before becoming a supervisor, Mr. Belancik spent several years as both a DNA and serology analyst, and worked on a variety of different cases including violent crimes, sexual assaults and property crimes (i.e. burglary, theft, vandalism, etc.). During that time he also became involved with training new analysts, and participated several laboratory validations. Since 2013, Mr. Belancik has also been a member of the lab’s Crime Scene Response Team, which assists law enforcement agencies in investigations across the state of AZ. Before beginning his esteemed career at the AZDPS Crime Lab, Mr. Belancik graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, as well as a master’s degree in Forensic Science and Law. Today Mr. Belancik focuses his efforts on process improvements and employee development to meet the ever-growing demand for forensic DNA analysis, and to better serve the community.