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Enhanced DNA Analysis Training for Law Enforcement Professionals

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $150,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The University of Central Oklahoma Forensic Science Institute will enhance its forensic technology by acquiring the following equipment: 1) HID Real Time PCR 7500 and Applied Bio-system for Human Identification for an advanced, validated solution for forensic DNA casework, data-basing, and paternity applications; 2) PCR System 9700 for the amplification of nucleic acids for DNA identification; 3) Stereomicroscopes for low power instruments with a large stage for closer viewing. These instruments will be used in the processing of evidence in order to locate small body fluid stains or debris suitable for DNA testing; and 4) Pipettes and DNA kits. The pipette tips will be used for transferring DNA products from one instrument to another. The DNA kits will be used to perform the DNA identification of blood, semen, saliva, and other body fluids.

The enhancement of technology through this grant will enable the Forensic Science Institute to conduct multiple courses in a given year related to DNA evidence collection and preservation. The Institute willoffer three DNA related workshops or seminars for each year over the next three years. These workshops or seminars include nuclear DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and DNA auditor training. Each workshop or seminar will instruct at least 25 forensic professionals in each course. They will also offer undergraduate and graduate level courses in Forensic Molecular Biology that will train students to become qualified DNA analysts in state and local crime laboratories, and offer at least one graduate and one undergraduate course per year.


Date Created: September 2, 2009