ANCHORAGE - Anchorage is slated to receive $2 million in federal funds over the next three years for rape and sexual assault investigations and victim care.
Beginning with the first installment in October, about $650,000 a year will be split among agencies of the city's Sexual Assault Response Team, which includes police, forensic nurses and rape victim advocates.
Officials plan to use the funds to pay for everything from an additional police detective to testing victims to see whether they've been given date-rape drugs.
"This money will make a huge difference to our community as we continue to fight the problem of sexual assault," Mayor Mark Begich said in a written statement last week. "We appreciate the hard work of Sen. Lisa Murkowski and others who helped make this happen for our city."