Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $293,954)
Description of the Issue:
Forensic laboratories are constantly faced with the challenge of increasing caseloads and demand for forensic analyses without an increase in resources. Similarly, laboratories are expected to keep pace with technological advances, support, and equipment capabilities with the current limited funding.
Utilization of Funds:
The three accredited forensic science laboratories in Kansas will share these funds to:
Purchase Zebra GX420t and GXT430t barcode printers to replace outdated equipment;
Purchase a Full Spectrum Imaging System II (FSIS II) to replace the current outdated version;
Provide annual licensing for Grayshift GrayKey software and Berla iVe software;
Provide for warranty renewal and protection plan for the IBIS BRASSTRAX Acquisition Station;
Provide Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) annual maintenance to facilitate and digitalize bench notes, evidence transfers, examination documentation, reporting, and tracking of laboratory quality metrics; and
Purchase a gas chromatography-nitrogen phosphorus detection (GC/NPD) system to replace the current outdated (more than 20-year-old) system.
The overall outcomes to be achieved are:
Increased efficiency through improved quality and timeliness of forensic services;
Reduction of case backlog;
Increased testing of opioids and synthetic drugs; and
Improved services to the Kansas criminal justice community.