Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $451,422)
The South Dakota Forensic Laboratory (SDFL) is the only accredited laboratory in South Dakota capable of doing Forensic DNA analysis on criminal cases. Funding will allow us to continue purchasing supplies for casework, and purchase supplies for on-site offender sample testing, reducing turnaround time in casework and offender sample processing. The SDFL has been approved to hire an additional biologist, demonstrating our commitment to maintain optimum customer service and turnaround time in this field. Requested funding would provide for updated pipettes and an exam hood for this new employee. It is our intention to use NIJ funding to accomplish 3 goals: 1) purchase supplies for casework analysis; 2) continue processing offender samples in-house; and 3) provide continuing education.