Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $155,714)
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) Crime Laboratory is responsible for processing all evidence submitted to the laboratory associated with criminal investigations from local law enforcement agencies throughout Alameda County excluding the City of Oakland.
In order to continue meeting the needs of our user agencies in providing DNA analysis in a timely manner, grant funds from this award will be used to continue funding two positions (two Criminalists) in the DNA Unit.
These two positions have been funded through NIJ / DNA grant funds since 2008, and without these grant funds, the positions would not exist.
The funding from this award will be used for the following goals:
1. Increase case throughput
2. Reduce case backlog
3. Reduce case turn-around time to 120 days or less
The Forensic Biology Unit expects to maintain monthly case productivity as well as reduce the case backlog. The DNA Unit expects to reduce turn-around time to 120 days or less. The two funded Criminalists will be responsible for conducting DNA casework and performing technical reviews and administrative reviews of casework.