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FY2019 DNA Capacity and Backlog Reduction Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $432,969)

The Montana Department of Justice Forensic Science Division (MT DOJ FSD) is the agency responsible for analyzing evidence associated with criminal investigations for all state and local law enforcement agencies and medical examiners within the state of Montana. Due to recent SAKI legislation in the State, we are expecting an increase in sex assault kit submissions over the next 4 years. We require additional resources to assist with improving casework turn-around times, implementing Y-screening, and processing property crime backlog. The objectives for this grant proposal are: 1) To improve the efficiency of processing sex assault cases by funding two Lab Technicians to run Y-screening; 2) To improve property case backlog and analysis turn-around times by funding a part-time DNA analyst; 3) Provide reagents and supplies to accommodate the increases in DNA casework; 4) Provide continued education training for our analysts; 5) Replace aging thermal cyclers; 6) Acquire a service maintenance contract for our most recently purchased Hamilton robot; 7) Fund an FBI QAS audit in 2020; and 8) Purchase CODIS convicted offender collection kits. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 12, 2019