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2016 Maryland's Forensic Science Program

Award Information

Award #
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $156,850)

*Maryland is the 1oth most violent state in the United States, with the 5th highest
murder rate and the 2nd highest robbery rate in the country, and is also above the
national average in overall crime. Maryland's overall violent crime rate is approximately 22% higher than the national average, a statistic that has remained higher than the national average over the last three years. Maryland's forensic crime laboratories suffer from lack of financial support to replace or procure much needed equipment, attend the necessary trainings to maintain their accreditation status, and support personnel to dedicate additional hours to work on backlogs within their respective forensic laboratories.
• The goal is to reduce the backlogs and to improve the quality and timeliness of
forensic and medical examiners' services.
*This will be accomplished with the support of Coverdell funds to purchase much
needed equipment, obtain needed training to stay abreast with the latest technology,
remain ASC/LAB accredited, and provide salary support for overtime with the Latent
Print backlogs.
• The Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention is the State Administering
Agency of Coverdell funds and will distribute and manage these funds to six Forensic Crime laboratories and the Chief Medical Examiner's Office. All of the agencies who receive Coverdell funds partner with each other. Sharing data and trainings have proven beneficial to Maryland.
• It is anticipated that with Coverdell support, the State of Maryland will be able to reduce backlogs, obtain training to remain accredited, and procure needed equipment to improve forensic services statewide.


Date Created: August 16, 2016