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FY 2018 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $220,002)

In 2017, property crimes accounted for 48% of the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office Division of Forensic Services Biology Section (DFSBS) case submissions. Based upon the laboratory’s CODIS success history the DFSBS continues to maintain its “no property crime” rejection policy for “point of contact” type evidence through the use of Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction funds (CEBR). These cases are a priority to the laboratory’s customers since they comprise 47% of CODIS profiles entered and 51% of CODIS hits returned. Loss of this capacity would significantly impact the Nassau County Police Department’s and District Attorney Office’s ability to solve local crimes and could have similar effects at the state and national levels.

Enhancing caseload capacity, minimization of future backlogs and the reduction of case turnaround are a high priority goal for the laboratory. At the close of 2017, the laboratory reported a backlog of 362 DNA cases with a turnaround of 54 days. Therefore, the goals and objectives of this year’s program request remain the maintenance and improvement in capacity for the laboratory’s customers and the minimization of significant backlogs associated with the increase in capacity. Through the purchase of casework reagents and consumables along with the use of funds to support personnel overtime inorder to address the technical and administrative case review backlog, the laboratory has set its goal to reduce current turnaround to a maximum of 40 days.

The success of the goals and objectives proposed for this project will be measured by the expected decrease in case turnaround time and the number of CODIS eligible profiles entered into the database. Metrics will be generated by the Laboratory Information Management System report function. For this program reporting period the laboratory will be striving to meet a goal of a 40-day turnaround for the delivery of test results to its users.


Date Created: September 5, 2018