Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $2,827,993)
The Illinois State Police (ISP) is responsible for providing accurate, complete and timely forensic services to approximately 1,200 law enforcement agencies located throughout the State of Illinois. The ISP forensic science laboratory system is comprised of six operational laboratories that perform forensic analysis of evidence submitted from crime scenes, including a DNA Indexing Laboratory that processes DNA profiles, and a Training and Applications Laboratory composed of the Statewide Training Program and the Research and Development Laboratory. ISP maintains International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 accreditation through the ANSI National Accreditation Board. The ISP DNA laboratories also undergo external audits in accordance with the DNA Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing and Databasing Laboratories set by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In an effort to increase the forensic biology/DNA capacity to process more samples and reduce the number of cases awaiting analysis on the backlog, the ISP will strategically use funds from the FY 22 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) program to implement the following activities: (1) outsource DNA casework to an accredited laboratory, (2) pay overtime to ISP staff directly engaged in processing, screening, recording, analyzing and reviewing forensic biology/DNA evidence, and (3) purchase critical supplies needed for the analysis of forensic biology/DNA evidence. All eligible DNA profiles obtained under this program will be entered into CODIS and, where applicable, uploaded into NDIS. Funding from this program is anticipated to significantly improve and enhance the analytical processing capacity and reduce the forensic biology/DNA backlog of the ISP forensic science laboratory system.