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FY23 DNA Backlog Award

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

BJA FY 23 Formula DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program-O-BJA-2023-171625Proposal Abstract: The Montgomery County Police Crime Laboratory (MCPCL) is the agency that is responsible for analyzing evidential material associated with criminal investigations for the Montgomery County Police Department. As a courtesy, the MCPCL performs analysis for the following other agencies in Montgomery County: Takoma Park Police Department, Gaithersburg City Police Department, Rockville City Police Department, Maryland-National Capital Park Police Montgomery County Division, and Metro Transit Police Department. MCPCL is a full forensic DNA casework laboratory and is accredited under the ANSI National Accreditation Board program and licensed by Maryland Department of Health. The plan being proposed contains one main goal in an overall effort to increase the capacity of the MCPCL Forensic Biology Unit to possess the ability to process more DNA samples and thereby help reduce the number of forensic DNA samples awaiting analysis. Overall, the reduction in samples waiting for analysis will decrease the turnaround time for cases received in the Unit. MCPCL Forensic Biology Unit does not intend or plan on generating program income in our proposal. The goals and expected outcomes for MCPCL Forensic Biology Unit are:
•Outsource cases as needed to compensate for an anticipated increase in case submissions as the laboratory is scheduled to transition to a new electronic submission platform in 2023. Outsourcing will assist with processing more DNA samples for entry into CODIS and help reduce the unit’s backlog.
In order to reach the goals set forth by the MCPCL Forensic Biology Unit, the following activities will be employed to reach our target:
•Outsource applicable cases to Bode Technology

Date Created: September 8, 2023