Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $296,966)
The goals of this project are to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science a services provided by the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety's Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (SCDL) to Alaska's law enforcement agencies and to eliminate or reduce backlogs in the analysis of forensic evidence. The objectives for this project are to: 1. Maintain the accuracy, reliability, and credibility of results obtained through forensic analysis of samples submitted for identification, and the accurate determination of cause and manner of death. 2. Decrease the number of days between submission of a sample and delivery of test results to the requesting agency. 3. Eliminate/reduce the backlog of samples awaiting forensic analysis. The Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory are to use FFY 2020 Coverdell grant funds to: 1. Provide both discipline specific scientific and management system training. 2. Provide for proficiency tests and ANAB Assessment Fees. 3. Update Laboratory Information Management System to maintain the accuracy and improve efficiency of forensic analysis. 4. Provide new equipment for the seized drugs and latent print discipline to aid in forensic analysis of submitted evidence. These items and activities will support the achievement of the goals and objectives of this project.