Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $385,078)
The Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division (MSP-FSD) requests funds under the 2022 DNA 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. In return this leads to more casework being done in a timely fashion and more CODIS profiles being generated.
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 and therefore efficiently processing cases and therefore generating any CODIS suitable profiles for entry into the system.
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 205 DNA cases and continue to maintain a backlog of 200 case or less.