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FY 2018 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $564,950)

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is mandated by state statute to provide forensic services (i.e., casework and database) in criminal cases to all eligible agencies in the state of Oklahoma.

The Biology discipline of the OSBI consists of three Forensic Biology Units. The primary unit responsible for violent crime cases and a property crime/cold case unit are located at the Forensic Science Center in Edmond, Oklahoma, while a regional laboratory responsible for violent crime cases is located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The CODIS unit of the OSBI is located at the Forensic Science Center and is responsible for processing offender samples in accordance with state and federal law.

The State of Oklahoma continues to be in a budget shortfall, and the OSBI has been directly impacted in the operating budget which limits the ability to provide quality services in forensic analysis. The funding from this award will assist the OSBI in continuing its mission of providing Biology related forensic services and CODIS database services to agencies in Oklahoma. Without this funding, the agency may face the difficult task of reducing services provided to agencies throughout the state.


Date Created: September 5, 2018