Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $150,000)
The Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory (VRCL) was founded mainly to address the demand for DNA testing of evidence recovered from property and financial crimes within the City of Glendale and Burbank.
The VRCL, accredited in May 2013, has assumed forensic DNA testing of all GPD cases and accepts cases from other regional local and federal law enforcement agencies.
In order to address increase demands in DNA testing and the existing DNA backlog, the VRCL Forensic Biology Unit increased its staffing to include two DNA analysts in 2016. Funds will be used to add part time laboratory support personnel to aid in sample processing.
The VRCL Forensic Biology Unit will be able to increase sample capacity and reduce the number of backlogged cases by addressing bottle necks in evidence processing.