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FY17 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program - Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $108,332)

The goals of this project are to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical legal death investigation services provided by the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety's Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (SCDL) and State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services State Medical Examiner’s Office (SMEO) to Alaska's law enforcement agencies and to eliminate or drastically reduce backlogs in the analysis of forensic evidence.

The objectives for this project are to: 1. Maintain the accuracy, reliability, and credibility of results obtained through forensic analysis of samples submitted for identification, and the accurate determination of cause and manner of death. 2. Decrease the number of days between submission of a sample and delivery of test results to the requesting agency. 3. Eliminate/reduce the backlog of samples and unidentified human remains awaiting forensic analysis.

The Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory and State Medical Examiner’s Office proposes to use FFY 2017 Coverdell grant funds to: 1. Provide both discipline specific scientific and quality assurance system training. 2. Purchase instrumentation to improve processing of physical evidence. These items and activities will support the achievement of the goals and objectives of this project.


Date Created: September 29, 2017