Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $150,000)
The laboratory intends to utilize funding from the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant to contract with an accredited private Forensic Laboratory to provide a team of firearms examiners to assist with firearms casework backlog reduction.
At the current rate of submissions received and staffing levels, it is impossible to significantly reduce the backlog without assistance. The assistance of contracted Firearms Examiners will facilitate the reduction of the current backlog. This will allow the current Firearms examiner and the Firearms Examiner in training to maintain current submissions with the assistance of the IBIS Technicians.
- Expand the Orange County Sheriff's Department Body Worn Camera program to provide our Mutual Aid and Reserve Bureaus 200 additional body cameras and hardware with 150 licenses.
- Broward County's Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program: Forensic Pathology Fellowships
- Accreditation from the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners (IACME) for the Dorchester County Coroner's Office