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Drug Analysis Module for the Monroe County Forensic Laboratory

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $1,520,392)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) helps local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 08 Congressional Budget. Funds should be used for purposes recommended by Congress.

Monroe County, New York will facilitate the expansion of the controlled substances and fire debris analysis section of the newly planned county regional crime laboratory in an effort to more efficiently solve drug and arson related crimes. Components of this federally funded project include the design of necessary space, the purchase of equipment and materials, and installation and set up of the section in the new facility. Once completed, it is anticipated that a backlog of cases will be reduced, unsafe conditions will be remedied, and expanded services will be made available to the region's law enforcement community and judicial system. The current forensics lab is a 40-year-old facility that is unable to meet the minimal needs of the eight counties, the city of Rochester, and the federal government that depend on its services in addressing modern crime issues.


Date Created: September 24, 2008