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Latent Print Lab LIMS Purchase and Implementation

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $249,999)

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. - A Einstein.
Nationally the latent print profession is facing the perfect storm as the industry evolves. All labs are being tasked with managing larger volumes of data, meeting stricter regulations, as well as experiencing increased pressures for higher quality and greater efficiencies. The Seattle Police Latent Print Unit’s primary obstacle to achieving a greater level of efficiency is the continued reliance on an outdated business process of utilizing a paper-based system in routine casework.
It is proven that Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) exist that support comprehensive reporting, enhanced data management and networking capabilities, which in turn reduces the reliance on paper. Leveraging technology is the best solution given the current on-going challenges that include an increasing case backlog and personnel shortages.
Throughout the United States and in Seattle with a population of 640,500, the public, the courts and law enforcement demand accuracy, efficiency, accountability and transparency. To meet these demands our goal is to spend less time on paperwork and more time on casework by reducing the time it takes to work a case report by 20% and to eliminate paper case files by transitioning to an all-digital environment.
The LPU strategy for the LIMS project is to utilize the two years of preparation that has included multiple site visits with LIMS agencies, vendor presentations from Abbot Informatics, Justice-Trax, Porter-Lee and Mideo, a completed needs assessment, digital modification of existing work sheets, conference training on implementing a LIMS system, and cross training of Identification Technicians to provide transitional unit support during preparation and implementation. Additionally, a Forensic Program Manager has been assigned to this project and will provide 30 years of experience gained from successfully implementing projects such as In-Car Video, Body Worn Video, Facial Recognition, and a Digital Informational Management System for the Seattle Police Department.
Current partnerships exist with the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and the King County Sheriff’s Department who currently utilize LIMS technology and would provide support and guidance during the vendor presentations, selection, digital modification, implementation, and acceptance.
Anticipated outcomes and major deliverables would be the elimination of all paper forms, an increase in personnel efficiency by 20%, stream-line auditing, reduction in typographical errors, and a decrease in unit backlog.


Date Created: September 15, 2016