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FY 2016 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $71,530)

The Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans, Government of Guam, is applying for the
Fiscal Year 2016 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program. Due
to the Governor of Guam austerity measures to reduce the deficit and budget cuts
across the board to include existing essential programs, Guam forensic laboratory is only processing forensic cases going to court, forensic cases with active leads, and
forensic cases sent to laboratory. Confiscated evidence pending forensic analysis is being maintained in the Evidential Control Section. The challenging factors that limit the Crime Scene Response Section ability to provide quality and timely evidence processing are due to the limited forensic supplies available. Funding under this grant is needed to purchase additional forensic crime scene supplies for the Crime Scene Response Section. The additional forensic supplies will enable the crime scene investigators to collect the forensic evidence for screening and processing in a timely manner without having to jeopardize the crime scene due to the lack of forensic supplies. The objective is to enhance the Guam Police Department Forensic Science Laboratory ability to collect and preserve the evidence by providing for additional crime scene supplies. To accomplish this objective, the Guam Police Department Forensic Science Laboratory will purchase fingerprint/crime scene supplies needed to ensure the
Fingerprint Unit and the crime scene investigators have readily available supply to collect, preserve and process evidence recovered from crime scenes. The program
evaluation criteria will consist of the successful implementation of the crime scene
supplies for collecting and preserving evidence recovered from the crime scene for
analysis. The program outcomes and effectiveness of the project will be based on the efficiencies that the Forensic Science Division will experience with the implementation of the crime scene supplies. The anticipated outcome of this program is the increased forensic quality of the processed evidence. Project major deliverables will be the required data collected to address the Performance Measures for the RSAT Grant Program. To assist in fulfilling the State administrative Agency's responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, the Guam
Police Department's Forensic Science Division will provide and report data that
measures the results of the program.


Date Created: September 11, 2016