Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $292,032)
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Crime Laboratory (SLMPD) has a backlog of cases at the DNA analysis level that could be partially alleviated by hiring full-time DNA analysts. The SLMPD is requesting $292,032 from the DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Grant FY2018, which is the amount allocated to them from the total allocation to the State of Missouri.
The overall goals and objectives of this program will be to reduce the number of untested forensic casework samples, to enter eligible profiles into CODIS and obtain hits, and to prosecute the suspects. This will be accomplished by continuing to employ two full-time grant-funded employees and funding overtime for all DNA analysts, department or grant funded. By increasing throughput and creating a more efficient laboratory, it is expected that at least 292 cases will undergo DNA analysis where appropriate, upload of eligible profiles into CODIS when obtained, and prosecute suspects.