|The Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit in Charlotte receives Funding|
The Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has received a federal grant of almost $500,000 to give higher priority to unsolved sex crimes and homicides.
In 2003, the Police Department set up a Homicide Cold Case Squad to tackle a growing backlog of hundreds of unsolved murders. Three years later, in 2006, the Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit was launched. It was one of the nation's first cold case sex crimes squads. This Unit has since reviewed 860 cases and has solved or cleared 132 of those, mostly through the use of DNA.