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FY21 Maryland State Police DNA Program Implementation

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $431,315)

The Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division (MSP-FSD) requests funds under the 2020DNA Backlog Reduction Program with the goal of maintaining a low backlog of cases/reduce existing backlogs and prevent future backlog build up while at the same time sustain/improve turnaround time.


MSP-FSD has been very successful in the implementation of a long term project to control, significantly reduce and consistently maintain a low and manageable DNA casework backlog. This project is based on an approach that combines the use of in-house outsourcing and agency direct outsourcing of casework as well as a tier approach and other streamlining techniques to improve the in-house operations.  MSP-FSD's goal is to keep utilizing these techniques and therefore the requested funds are geared towards continuing this proven to be successful methods of addressing the casework backlog.


The federal funding from this award will be used for the following specific goals:


Goal 1: Control the backlog of forensic biology/DNA cases by outsourcing.

Goal 2: Maintain current laboratory capabilities and improve operations   

Goal 3. Provide required continuing education


MSP-FSD expects to analyze by outsourcing 306 DNA cases and maintain a backlog of 200 case or less.

Date Created: December 7, 2021