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FY 2017 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program - San Francisco

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $273,055)

The San Francisco Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory (SFPD Crime Lab) is the agency that is responsible for analyzing evidential material associated with criminal investigations for the local law enforcement agencies. The SFPD has one crime lab that primarily services the City and County of San Francisco Police Department, as well as the Sheriff's Department and other local law enforcement agencies operating within the City and County of San Francisco.

The SFPD is facing budgetary constraints related to its operational budget for equipment purchases, laboratory instruments and training. The Federal funding from this award will be used for the following goals:

1. Improve services and efficiency offered by the Forensic Biology unit by replacement of two 3130 instruments with two 3500 instruments.

2. Providing the continuing education required for each DNA analyst.

The SFPD can expect to reduce the DNA backlog by increasing efficiency and optimizing the case turn-around time. By the end of this award period, the turn-around time is expected to be reduced to 120 days or less.


Date Created: September 29, 2017