Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $183,492)
An important objective of the St. Louis County Police Crime Laboratory is to provide more efficient processing to reduce or at least maintain turn-around-time and increase the number of forensic DNA samples processed. The Laboratory serves more than one million citizens and provides services to the St. Louis County Police Department as well as 90 municipalities, 56 of which have their own police department. Grant funding provided by the 2019 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program will be used to maintain two full-time biological screening positions and a DNA technician position. By maintaining the two biological screeners and DNA technician with grant funding, the DNA analysts will be able to work full-time performing DNA analysis.