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FY 2016 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $271,114)

The North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory (NLCL) is the agency that is responsible for analyzing evidential material associated with criminal investigations for law enforcement agencies and medical examiners within 29 parishes of the state of Louisiana. The NLCL is facing budgetary constraints and has seen an increase in the number of DNA cases submitted in the past year. Grant funding is needed for the NLCL to increase its capacity in order to make more efficient use of analyst’s time. The lab is proposing to purchase equipment, an instrument validation, and supplies for equipment validations.

The NLCL proposes to use the funds from this project to meet the following goals:
1. Increase its capacity for analyzing cases
2. Providing the required FBI QAS continuing education for seven DNA analysts

The NLCL can expect to increase its capacity to analyze more DNA cases with the introduction of new instruments and equipment. These purchases will allow for an increase in the efficiency of the analysts’ ability to work more samples/cases in the same amount of time. An increase in efficiency will ultimately result in a decrease in turnaround time. nca/ncf

Date Created: September 7, 2016