Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $351,056)
The Wyoming State Crime Laboratory (WSCL) is responsible for analyzing biological material associated with evidence in criminal investigations for all state and local law enforcement agencies in the State of Wyoming as well as serving federal agencies, coroner’s offices, medical examiners and public defenders. Wyoming State Statutes §7-19-402 and §7-19-305 designate the WSCL as the agency responsible for conducting DNA analysis on samples collected from all convicted felons and qualifying sex offender registrants. The WSCL stores and maintains these offender profiles in the Wyoming State DNA Database. Due to the economic downturn and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WSCL continues to face budget stagnation. This funding would alleviate burdens on the DNA unit giving analysts more time and supplies to process forensic casework and database samples.
Funding will be used to reduce/maintain current DNA case and database backlogs with analyst overtime and supply purchases, contribute to continuing education specific to DNA from accredited sources, maintain/calibrate critical DNA equipment, and to purchase a RapidHit ID instrument for automated DNA analysis.