Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $150,000)
The County of Greenville is the agency responsible for analyzing evidential material associated with criminal investigations for local law enforcement agencies and the coroner's office within the County of Greenville, South Carolina. The County of Greenville operates one forensic science laboratory under the Greenville County-Department of Public Safety (GC-DPS).
The County of Greenville designates the GC-DPS as the agency responsible for conducting forensic biology/DNA analysis on relevant samples collected from all casework requested by the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, Coroners Office, and the Greenville City Police Department. The GC-DPS Forensic DNA Laboratory began receiving and processing forensic biology/DNA cases from the agencies listed above after the accreditation date of March 16, 2011.
The County of Greenville's budgetary constraints prevented the GC-DPS Forensic DNA Laboratory from offering free services to neighboring counties and municipalities in the upstate region of South Carolina. Initially, a fee-for-service was available to these agencies, but their budgetary constraints hindered them from using the GC-DPS Forensic DNA Laboratory. Through NIJ CEBR grant funding, the GC-DPS has provided services to process forensic biology/DNA cases for all regional agencies at a no-cost basis since January 2013.
Supporting these regional agencies has positively affected turnaround of forensic biology/DNA casework in the upstate of South Carolina and reduced the backlog to the state DNA laboratory through reduction of upstate agency submissions.