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Aims to provide continuous support for local agencies, public defenders and court/legal entities through analysis and interpretation of DNA samples. Funds used for DNA supplies and training/overtime.

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $334,409)

The Wyoming State Crime Laboratory (WSCL) is the only facility responsible for analyzing evidence associated with criminal investigations for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, coroners offices, and the public defender's office within the State of Wyoming. Wyoming State Statutes §7-19-402 and §7-19-305 designate the WSCL as the agency responsible for conducting DNA analysis on samples collected from all convicted felony offenders and qualifying sex offenders in the State of Wyoming. The WSCL is responsible for storing and maintaining the resultant profiles in the Wyoming State DNA Database. The WSCL is facing continual state budget constraints. The Federal funding from this award significantly alleviates the financial burden on the DNA Unit, as well as assists in providing analysts overtime and supplies for forensic casework and database analysis. The Federal funding from this award will be used for projects with the following goals: 1. Reducing the current forensic DNA casework and database backlogs through analyst overtime. 2. Maintain the current forensic DNA casework and database backlogs through the purchase of supplies. 3. Providing ongoing continuing education to the analysts to maintain the knowledge and proficiency from accredited sources by funding travel to training. 4. Maintaining/calibrating critical DNA equipment to ensure uninterrupted service to customer agencies by ensuring equipment meets performance standards and accreditation requirements. The WSCL continues to experience an ever increasing number of DNA item submissions. The WSCL can expect to reduce or maintain the DNA case backlog by the end of the award period. The WSCL will process, record, and analyze at least 200 DNA items and 1,200 DNA database samples in-house, over the number to be analyzed using other funding sources.

Date Created: December 3, 2021