Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $323,438)
The Tulsa Police Department Forensic Laboratory (TPDFL) is responsible for analyzing biological evidence associated with criminal investigations for the City of Tulsa Police Department. In 2019, the Oklahoma Senate passed Senate Bill 975 requiring law enforcement agencies operating in the state to submit sexual assault evidence kits to accredited forensic laboratories within 20 days of specimen collection. This legislative change substancially increased the number of service requests submitted to the TPDFL for DNA testing. The TPDFL seeks federal funding from the FY 2022 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program to alleviate the increased service demand by improving DNA testing capacity and decreasing the turnaround time for database entry of CODIS-eligible evidence. Funds received from this program will be used to:
Retain two grant-funded personnel for serological screening;
Train both grant-funded personnel in the DNA testing methods utilized by the TPDFL;
Create a second workspace for DNA sample extraction;
Create two additional workspaces for serology screening and DNA sample selection;
Fund continuing education opportunities for DNA testing personnel;
Fund key site team personnel to attend mandatory training for award recipients;
Fund an external quality assurance standards audit for forensic DNA testing; and
Fund ANSI National Accreditation Board fees to maintain laboratory accreditation.
The TPDFL administrators and biology section personnel appreciate the opportunity to compete for the FY 2022 DNA CEBR Program award to improve services for the citizens of Tulsa, Oklahoma.