Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $340,987)
The Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory (KCPCL) has experienced tremendous success with prior NIJ DNA Backlog Reduction grants, and is committed to continuing that success with the FY2017 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program grant.
The primary goal of the laboratory for this program is to reduce the backlog of cases waiting DNA testing. A secondary goal will be an effort to reduce the turnaround time of violent and non-violent crimes cases by 5% each.
Funding from this grant focuses on the retention of grant funded personnel previously hired and trained under prior grant awards. The above goals of a reduction in backlog and an effort to reduce turnaround time will be met through the continued efforts of these staff in the processing of cases with requests for biological evidence screening and subsequent DNA analysis. Staff funded under this grant includes three full time DNA analysts and one full time administrative technician. These individuals will complete cases that otherwise would not have been completed without this funding, thereby reducing the backlog.