Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $150,000)
The Lake County Crime Laboratory (LCCL) is a forensic laboratory performing DNA analysis for criminal investigations. The LCCL has seen a dramatic increase in the submissions for DNA analysis in the past year.
With the increase in DNA cases submitted, the number of DNA analysts required to keep abreast of the work has increased. The LCCL must keep the DNA analyst who has been grant funded in the past. With this DNA analyst on board and actively working and reporting out DNA cases, the LCCL is barely able to keep up with submissions. It is imperative that the LCCL be able to continue to utilize grant funds for this analyst.
We anticipate that this DNA analyst will be able to complete 120 cases per year, with a total of 240 cases per the two year grant period. Accurate records of cases completed, including number of samples analyzed, days to completion, CODIS uploads and CODIS hits, will be maintained to determine the impact of the grant funds.