Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $558,157)
The Erie County Forensic Laboratory performs forensic DNA analysis for the Local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies of Erie County. Forensic DNA services are also provided for Niagara County, Orleans County, and occasionally for law enforcement agencies from 3 neighboring counties. The goals of this project include: 1) Increase the capacity of the DNA section; 2) Reduce the number of forensic DNA samples awaiting analysis; and 3) Prevent an increase to the existing backlog. To achieve the project goals, the lab will use this award to fund overtime for DNA analysis on backlogged cases, fund the validation of a Y-screen method and continue funding 3 Forensic Biologist positions previously funded by NIJ grant programs. Funding will also be used for overtime to manage the grant programmatic requirements, and to purchase necessary DNA supplies and needed equipment.