Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $2,210,602)
The Michigan State Police requests FY 2019 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog (CEBR) Program Funding to assist the Forensic Science Division (FSD) in reducing the statewide backlog of DNA casework awaiting analysis and to increase the capacity of its DNA and Database laboratories. The Forensic Science Divisions ability to establish a staffing level sufficient to reduce and/or prevent casework backlogs has been difficult. The large number of cases has historically made it hard for the units to achieve and maintain a manageable backlog and turnaround. In order to reduce the backlog and turnaround time, funding for this project will: (1) continue payroll support for laboratory personnel; (2) provide limited overtime for backlog reduction; (3) provide continuing education to DNA personnel; (4) purchase 3 QIAgility robotic liquid handlers; and (5) purchase 7 real-time PCR systems.