Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $650,000)
The Wyoming State Crime Laboratory (WSCL) is the only facility responsible for analyzing evidence associated with criminal investigations for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, coroner's offices and public defenders offices within the State of Wyoming. Wyoming State Staues §7-19-402 and 7-19-305 designate WSCL as the agency responsible for conducting DNA analysis on samples collected from all convicted felony offenders and qualifying sex offenders in the State of Wyoming. The WSCL is responsible for storing and maintaining the resultant profiles in the Wyoming State DNA Database.
The WSCL is facing continual state budget constraints. The Federal funding from this award significantly alleviates the financial burden on the DNA Unit, as well as assists in providing analyst's overtime and supplies for forensic casework and database analysis.