Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $473,559)
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Crime laboratory is a unit of State government that provides PCR-STR DNA analysis on samples from crime scene evidence at no cost to all law enforcement agencies within the State of Missouri.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Crime laboratory operates three laboratories that have full forensic DNA casework laboratories: Jefferson City, Cape Girardeau and Springfield. Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 650.050. Directs The Missouri Department of Public Safety to develop and establish a "DNA Profiling System" and further directs The Missouri State Highway patrol crime laboratory to administrator of the state's DNA index system.
Our law authorizes our databasing section to collect DNA on all offenders convicted of a felony or sexual misdemeanors, arrestees under certain statutes and all registered sex offenders. The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Crime laboratory system including our three DNA casework laboratories and databasing laboratory is accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB). Accredited to the standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005; ASCLD/LAB-International Supplemental Requirements for Testing Laboratories (2011). The Accreditation Certificates are attached to this application. The three casework and one convicted offender DNA programs undergo external quality assurance audits in accordance with the FBI's Quality Assurance Standards at least once every two years.
As a CODIS participating laboratory system all eligible DNA profiles generated with the proposed funding can and will be uploaded to NDIS. Presently, the MSHP DNA Casework sections have a 1931 case backlog. The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Crime laboratory seeks funding of $ 473,559 for casework backlog reduction.
Our goals for this grant are to reduce our backlog and reduce the overall turnaround time for handling, screening, analyzing and reviewing forensic biology/DNA samples. Increasing the capacity and efficiency of our DNA programs will be the key elements to achieving these goals. The MSHP Laboratory proposes to achieve these goals by:
- Funding salaries for two criminalists
- Purchasing supplies to analyze at least 500 cases.
- Fund continuing education for our DNA Staff
- Atwater Police Department Protective Equipment Project
- Programs that will address communications, upgrades in security and general building upkeep for the detention centers.,
- Medical and mental health issues. Technology involving offender management/inter-agency. Disaster preparedness continuity of operations for correctional facility.