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FY2023 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program for Utah Department of Public Safety – Bureau of Forensic Services

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,033,140)

The mission of the Utah Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Forensic Services (DPS-BFS) is to provide a safe and secure environment for the citizens of Utah through the application of forensic science. The goal of the forensic biology section is to provide quality and impartial forensic biological analysis in a prompt manner. The laboratory provides accurate and sound science during forensic biology and DNA analysis, while striving to maintain a rapid response to analysis requests.

DPS-BFS maintains three laboratories throughout the State of Utah: Central, Northern, and Southern laboratories. Both the Central and Southern laboratories house biology sections and are responsible for analyzing and processing forensic DNA samples. The Central laboratory also stores, accessions, processes, and maintains all forensic DNA database samples. The BFS continues to see an increase in case submissions for DNA analysis as well as an increase in the number of samples per case and a continual demand for timely results and reports. BFS continues to strive to implement new and innovative ways to process case and databasing samples and provide information on the analysis of these samples to public safety agencies throughout Utah.

The Federal funding from this award will be used for the following goals:

1. Analyze CODIS samples in-house to decrease the backlog and processing time for these samples.

2. Reduce the case backlog and decrease case turnaround times.

3. Increase DNA collection and extraction capabilities (DNA collection from casings, MVAC collection, and bone/teeth extractions).

4. Increase and maintain DNA analysis services offered.

5. Provide training, proficiency testing, and required continuing education to maintain qualified analysts to perform forensic biology / DNA analysis.

DPS-BFS will continue to reduce DNA case backlog and decrease case turnaround time of our Full-Testing Team. The goal of the BFS is to decrease and maintain a median turnaround time of 30 days for all cases while offering collection and testing capabilities that meet the needs of our submitting agencies. BFS continues to make improvements and strategize to use the CEBR program to help reach these goals.

Date Created: September 8, 2023