Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $1,943,685)
Backlogs exist in most forensic disciplines as a result of high case submission volumes and low staff levels. This makes it challenging to meet a growing demand for services at all crime labs.
The Michigan State Police Forensic Science Divisions (FSD) ability to establish a staffing level sufficient to reduce and/or prevent casework backlogs has been difficult. The large number of cases has historically made it hard for the units to achieve and maintain a manageable backlog and turnaround. The efficient analysis and scientific identification of DNA casework analysis is critical to keeping cases moving through the criminal justice system and benefits the health and safety of all Michigan residents.
The requested funding will be used to: (1) continue payroll support for laboratory personnel; (2) provide limited overtime for backlog reduction; (3) provide continuing education to DNA personnel; (4) purchase a Massively Parallel Sequencing unit(MPS) instrument; (5) Purchase QIAgility software; (6) Purchase STACs software upgrades.
DNA analysis conducted under this program will be maintained pursuant to all applicable federal privacy requirements. All eligible profiles obtained with funding from this program will be entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and uploaded to the National DNA Index System NDIS), when applicable.