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FY 2018 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program - Improvement of Hawaii's Forensic Capabilities

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $271,960)

The Department of the Attorney General is requesting to support the Maui Police Department (MPD) Crime Laboratory and the Kauai Police Department (KPD) Crime Scene and Laboratory Unit with initiating accreditation preparation since both labs are not currently accredited and do not have the funds to achieve accreditation with county general funds.

Thirty-seven thousand four hundred seventy-two dollars ($37,472) will be subcontracted with MPD to facilitate accreditation. MPD plans to contract with the National Forensic Science Technology Center for forensic accreditation consulting services to aid in accreditation preparation.

Grant funds will enable MPD to establish a quality assurance program, submit an application for ANAB accreditation, as well as initiate the beginning steps to obtaining ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation by fall of 2020.

Fifty-two thousand thirty-three dollars ($52,033) will be subcontracted to KPD who will utilize grant funds to address issues related to the opioid abuse crisis by improving quality, timeliness, and personnel safety of opioid related investigations. Grant funds will enable KPD to purchase two Spectrometric Scanning Devices and provide field investigation training in the safe handling and proper collection of suspected opioid evidence at a crime scene.


Date Created: September 21, 2018