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Ohio BCI Capacity Enhancement

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $876,460)

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) operates as Ohio’s official crime lab and provides criminal investigative services to local law enforcement agencies. DNA caseloads have increased significantly due to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative (SAK Testing Initiative) and Ohio Senate Bill 316 (S.B. 316). The initiative consisted of an open call to law enforcement to send untested sexual assault kits to BCI for testing, while S.B. 316 requires mandatory submission of untested sexual assault kits to a crime laboratory. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office – Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Laboratory Division is requesting funding to address the costs associated with improving timeliness of DNA forensic services, process capacity, and accreditation compliance.


Date Created: September 12, 2019