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FY 2018 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $665,682)

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Forensic Science Service (BCA FSS) is part of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, providing forensic services to over 500 local law enforcement agencies within the state as well as state and federal agencies. The BCA FSS is also the laboratory responsible for receiving and analyzing all convicted offender samples and maintaining the DNA database.

The 2018 program will continue to use grant funding to purchase the supplies needed to perform analysis on some of the estimated 10,000 cases that will be submitted for DNA testing in the two year grant period. The program will also seek to increase the number of hours that trained DNA scientists are available to work on backlogged cases by providing funding for overtime and to fund a position whose job duties include performing selected casework duties, as well as reagent preparation and quality control checks on reagents and instrumentation. NCA/NCF

Date Created: August 31, 2018