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BJA FY Formula 2023 DNA CEBR Program

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $250,000)

The city of Scottsdale’s most reported crimes are property crimes.  To assist in identifying suspects that may be involved in many of the property crimes reported throughout the city, the crime laboratory processes evidence for DNA, often leading to a suspect.  However, there has been a significant increase in DNA analysis requests due to new Arizona laws and increased evidence collection by detectives when investigating crimes against persons. This has not only stalled the processing of evidence for DNA in property crimes but has also resulted in a backlog of person crimes samples to be tested. 

Requested grant funds would continue to support a DNA Forensic Scientist who is tasked with processing backlogged DNA cases.  Grant funds will also continue to fund an entry-level forensic position to process backlogged cases and prepare DNA samples for analysis.  Additionally, equipment maintenance contracts and equipment and supplies used to analyze DNA evidence, as well as, continuing education training for the DNA analysts will be supported by grant funds.  The goal of the program is to reduce the backlog and increase the case turn-around time.

Date Created: September 8, 2023