Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $250,000)
In May 2015, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) opened its own crime laboratory, becoming the first local laboratory in the State of Tennessee. The State of Tennessee has enacted legislation that requires 100% testing of sexual assault kits. If this grant funding is awarded, the MNPD-CL Forensic Biology Unit plans to use the funding to assist in the purchase of a DNA laboratory processing software from STACSDNA to replace the current LIMS in tracking and documenting analyses and quality assurance measures. This will meet the goal of providing forensic DNA analysis of superior quality in a timely and efficient manner, decrease and eliminate the backlog, increase throughput, and reduce turnaround time by addressing workflow inefficiencies.