Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $177,301)
An important objective of the St. Louis County Police Crime Laboratory is to provide more efficient processing to reduce or at least maintain turnaround time and increase the number of forensic DNA samples processed. The Laboratory serves more than one million citizens and provides services to the St. Louis County Police Department as well as 90 municipalities, 56 which have their own police department. The Biology/DNA Unit within the Crime Laboratory continually implements workflow changes and implements new technologies when funding allows yet the sample submissions still outpace the rate of completion which can negatively impact backlog reduction. Grant funding provided by the 2021 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program will be used to maintain two full-time biology/DNA analyst positions and a DNA technician position. The St. Louis County Crime Laboratory expects to complete approximately 4000 cases total (approximately 1,700 of those cases attributed to grant funding) over the award period of 24 months.