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FY 2019 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction program

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $431,069)

The Division of Forensic Science is the agency that is responsible for analyzing evidential material associated with criminal investigations for all state and local law enforcement agencies and medical examiners within the state of Delaware. The state of Delaware has seen an increase in the number of cases submitted to the DFS for DNA analysis, partly due to an increase in sexual assault cases as a result of SAKI (Sexual Assault Kit Initiative) and partly due to a general rise in submissions on other cases. With the funds from this particular project, the DFS expects to achieve the following: 1) Maintain or decrease the current forensic DNA case backlog through the purchasing new equipment and supplies; 2) maintain the zero backlog in the database section through the purchasing new equipment and supplies; 3) supporting the required continuing education for each analyst.


Date Created: September 12, 2019