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FY 2018 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $286,634)

The Crime Lab is located in Fort Worth, TX and provides forensic services to the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) and the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. The FWPD Crime Lab is a multi-disciplinary crime lab that provides Forensic DNA testing. Key services provided by the Crime Lab include: evidence screening for the presence of biological evidence; DNA testing; controlled drug analyses; blood alcohol content determinations; firearm and tool mark analyses; and latent fingerprinting processing and comparison. In calendar year 2017, the Biology Unit successfully issued reports on 406 cases which represented 958 DNA samples. The Crime Lab is fully accredited by the Texas Forensic Science Commission and ASCLD/LAB (International) until July 31, 2020.

The City of Fort Worth seeks funding through the FY 2018 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program to enhance services provided by the Fort Worth Police Department’s Crime Laboratory. A total of $286,634.00 is requested to increase the efficiency of Crime Lab operations while also improving the quality and timeliness of service. The primary purpose of the proposed project is to improve the capacity and reduce backlogs and turnaround times of the Biology Unit.


Date Created: September 5, 2018