Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $235,086)
The Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory is responsible for the analysis of evidentiary material associated with criminal investigations and death investigations for the criminal justice community of Pinellas County, Florida. This includes all local, county, state, and federal law enforcement entities operating within the county.
As the primary DNA analysis laboratory for the area, accurate and timely processing of evidence in association with investigations is paramount. Pinellas County is requesting funding from this award for the following goals and objectives: 1) Maintain the capacity of the biology unit of the laboratory by continuing to fund additional analysts (one full time and one part time) to perform casework related duties including analysis and technical review. 2) Decrease non-casework activities by contracting for validation services for likelihood ration software implementation. NCA/NCF