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BJA FY 23 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program - Formula

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $396,407)

The Missouri Department of Public Safety proposes to implement the FY 2023 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant (PCNFS). The purpose of the program will help assure the citizens of Missouri that their crime laboratories are committed to providing timely, high-quality forensic science services utilizing state-of-the-art methodologies performed by qualified scientists. Professional training and the availability of necessary equipment and supplies is a vital component of Missouri’s statewide plan to improve the delivery and quality of forensic science services provided by its crime laboratories. 

The Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS) will coordinate project activities with the Missouri Association of Crime Laboratory Directors (MACLD) to use Missouri's funding to provide forensic science training and certification for the personnel of Missouri's crime laboratories, as well as to purchase equipment and supplies for both opioid and non-opioid related activities.

Expected outcomes include: directly improving the quality and timeliness of forensic science services provided to the law enforcement community of Missouri by increasing examiner proficiency, competency, knowledge, skills, and abilities. This project involves all of Missouri's crime laboratories, those operated by units of local government and those operated by the State.

Crime laboratories have unprecedented potential to solve crimes and contribute to the prosecution of criminals and the exoneration of the innocent. To take full advantage of this potential, the Missouri crime laboratories are committed to employing well-trained, competent scientific personnel. The laboratories are aware of the increased hazard of some opioid-related compounds and will also use the funds supplies and personal protective equipment essential to safely handle and analyze drug evidence.

Date Created: September 25, 2023