Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $390,016)
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Crime Laboratory (SLMPD) has a backlog of cases at the DNA analysis level that could be partially alleviated by hiring 2 full-time DNA analysts and funding overtime for all grant and department funded, fully trained analysts. The SLMPD is requesting $390,016 from the DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program FY2022, which is the amount allocated to them from the total allocation to the State of Missouri. The overall goals and objectives of this program will be to reduce the number of untested forensic casework samples, to enter eligible profiles into CODIS and obtain hits, and to prosecute the suspects. This will be accomplished by hiring two full-time grant-funded employees. Both will undergo training at the laboratory. By hiring additional employees, it is expected that at least 390 cases will undergo DNA analysis and, where appropriate, upload of eligible profiles into CODIS when obtained, and suspects prosecuted when possible.