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Regional Forensic Technology Assistance Team Training Project

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
New Haven
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $200,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), 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 recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, 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 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

The University of New Haven, Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, will hire a Regional Forensic Technology Assistance Team (RFTAT) Coordinator and two student assistants to organize all activities of the team and arrange trainings and responses to crime scenes. From the time the RFTAT is formed, the Institute will provide access to state-of-the-art equipment and an equipped crime scene van, available 24 hours a day to team members. Institute personnel and faculty at the University of New Haven will be available for technical advice and to assist with advanced crime scene testing and interpretation. In addition to hiring a coordinator and two assistants, the Institute will purchase equipment that will increase the technological capabilities of the team.


Date Created: September 6, 2010