Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $150,000)
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Forensic Science Division (WCSO-FSD) is the agency that is responsible for analyzing forensic evidence associated with criminal investigations for all state and local law enforcement agencies within the northern region of the state of Nevada. The WCSO-FSD Biology Unit is responsible for overseeing DNA analysis and subsequent upload of DNA profiles from crime scenes and offender samples to the DNA database (CODIS).
This award will be specifically used for the following goal:
Increase the number of CODIS eligible crime scene and Offender samples entered into CODIS
This goal will be accomplished through the utilization of grant funds for overtime to complete DNA analysis of CODIS eligible cases and to assist in maintaining our laboratory’s access to CODIS through meeting accreditation requirements for continued education, instrument maintenance, and an external DNA audit.