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FY21 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $769,602)

FY 2021 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program Project Abstract The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences Forensic Genetics Laboratory (HCIFS-FGL) will use funds from the BJA DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program to increase the number of DNA samples and cases analyzed in the laboratory and to assist in reducing DNA case backlogs and turnaround time. Harris County is the largest county in Texas and the third largest county in the United States. The HCIFS-FGL provides forensic DNA analysis to approximately 65 law enforcement agencies in the county, excluding the Houston Police Department. According to the Texas Crime Report for 2019, Harris County had an estimated population of 2.4 million people living outside the Houston city limits. Approximately 67,500 offenses were committed in Harris County comprised of ~9,500 personal crimes and ~58,000 property crimes. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Science Forensic Genetics Laboratory received ~2,337 cases in 2020. We will use BJA grant funds for overtime as well as to purchase of supplies, software licenses, software maintenance fees and software upgrades. Funds from this award will also be used to provide required continuing DNA education to laboratory staff through training and conference attendance in order to meet accreditation, licensing and certification requirements. BJA grant funds will increase the overall capacity and productivity of the HCIFS-FGL, which will make a significant impact on the laboratory backlog and turnaround times

Date Created: December 3, 2021