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City of Mesa Forensic Services BJA FY 22 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program Grant Application

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $307,717)

Two objectives need to be added to the project and one needs to be removed.  
The lab no longer needs to purchase journal subscriptions but does need to purchase two new quantitation instruments and a new forensic light source.  

Edited objectives:
Goal 1:  Increase the capacity of the Mesa Forensic Services Biology Unit.

Objective A:  Hire and train an additional Forensic Scientist to complete serology casework. 

Objective B:  Ensure this additional analyst has necessary laboratory equipment and supplies to perform their duties. Needed items include a new microcentrifuge, a set of pipettes with stand, a microscope, and incubator.

Objective C:  Ensure that we can upgrade and receive maintenance support for existing mixture interpretation software by funding the annual upgrade and maintenance fees for this software.

Objective D:  Ensure that Forensic Services staff engaged in the processing of forensic biology casework keep abreast of the latest changes and research in the field by providing electronic and/or paper access to relevant journals.  The Lab has found sufficient no or low cost resources for obtaining relevant journals and articles for reading and study and this objective is no longer needed.  Objective D to be removed. 

Objective E:  Ensure the laboratory continues meeting NDIS requirements by undergoing an external QAS assessment in 2023. 

Objective F:  Ensure continued ability to perform DNA quantitation by replacing existing quantitation instruments with out of date computer operating systems to new quantitation instruments that allow running of current generation quantitation kits.  Objective F to be added. 

Objective G:  Enhance laboratories ability to visualize biological stains on large evidence items by obtaining a new forensic light source.  Objective G to be added. 

Additional details in the attached Revised Program Narrative and Justification and revised Budget Detail Worksheet (GAM 8-17-2023 BDW CEBR 2022).

Date Created: September 16, 2022