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BJA FY23 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program - Formula

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $312,708)

This grant proposal seeks funding to significantly upgrade forensic latent fingerprint analysis in Kentucky, focusing on upgrading current technology and supplementing existing training programs to bolster quality assurance, reduce the backlog, and meet ISO 17025 accreditation requirements.

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Latent Fingerprint Section is in the process of migrating from the KSP Records section to the Forensic Laboratory, necessitating an upgrade in current technologies, techniques, and training. This proposal seeks funding to acquire advanced imaging systems for robust latent print detection, enhancement, and recovery. It also seeks funding to incorporate digital tablets for latent fingerprint examination, replacing traditional paper-based comparisons, and increasing efficiency and accuracy.

To tackle the substantial backlog of cases, we propose outsourcing a portion of these, freeing up internal resources to focus on implementing new technologies and establishing new protocols compliant with international accreditation requirements. Simultaneously, we will supplement the existing training of our latent fingerprint analysts with additional training that will enable them to align with the new protocols and accreditation standards.

By improving technological capabilities and reducing analysis time, this project aims to significantly enhance the overall forensic science effectiveness in Kentucky. The successful implementation promises law enforcement agencies faster and more accurate information, facilitating efficient case resolution. Additionally, it will expedite judicial processes and decrease the likelihood of wrongful convictions due to inaccurate fingerprint data.  This proposal signifies a major stride in improving forensic latent fingerprint analysis in Kentucky, contributing to a safer society by ensuring justice through improved accuracy and efficiency.

Administrative support funds in terms of overtime expenses and travel for grant training is an additional component of the application.

Date Created: September 25, 2023