Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $330,875)
Funding from this grant will go toward satisfying two ends: increasing the capacity to perform DNA analysis, and reducing the backlog created by uncompleted cases in the Forensic Science Laboratory of the Westchester County New York Division of Forensic Sciences. To maintain pace with evolving trends and national accreditation requirements for DNA analysis, to reduce our current backlog, and to keep ahead of the anticipated increase in requests of sexual assault kits due to test-al legislation, the laboratory will require new laboratory supplies and equipment, access to training opportunities and travel monies, and the capability to hire temporary laboratory technician staff. This augmented capacity will enable us to process, record, screen, and analyze forensic DNA samples in order to further reduce the amount of time required to completed casework. We anticipate the momentum created by this optimized work flow will preemptively reduce future bottlenecks at the examination, analytical, and review stages of casework by substantially minimizing our current backlog.