(From the workshop Obtaining a Foothold in Violent Crime: A blueprint for successfully building public trust and safety through the national Sexual Assault kit Initiative (SAKI))Since its launch in 2015, SAKI has been making a difference by improving the response to sexual assault by identifying and apprehending violent offenders and by addressing the problem of unsubmitted sexual assault kits. The impact of SAKI is being felt at the community level both in terms of getting dangerous offenders off the street and empowering victims to come forward. In sites such as Fayetteville (NC), victims are more confident to come forward and report to law enforcement because of the victim-centered outreach from the police department and their community partners. As many communities continue to experience high levels of violent crime, police departments have found that efforts to improve their response to sexual assaults has also aided in other crime reduction initiatives. This panel will discuss innovative ways to address violent crimes, conduct successful investigations and prosecutions, support victims within their community, improve the overall relationship with their community, and gain much needed recognition and support from legislators and key stakeholders.Presented by Kevin Strom, Director of the Policing Research Program, RTI International.