Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $157,839)
The Montgomery County Police Crime Laboratory (MCPCL) is the agency that is responsible for analyzing evidential material associated with criminal investigations for the Montgomery County Police Department.
As a courtesy, the MCPCL performs analysis for the following other agencies in Montgomery County: Takoma Park Police Department, Gaithersburg City Police Department, Rockville City Police Department, Montgomery County Park Police Department, and Metro Transit Police Department. MCPCL is a full forensic DNA casework laboratory, and is accredited under the ASCLD/LAB-International program and licensed by Maryland Department of Health.
This proposal contains multiple goals in an overall effort to increase the capacity of the MCPCL Forensic Biology Unit to possess the ability to process more DNA samples and thereby help reduce the number of forensic DNA samples awaiting analysis. Overall, the reduction in samples waiting for analysis will decrease the turnaround time for cases received in the Unit. MCPCL Forensic Biology Unit does not intend or plan on generating program income in our proposal.