Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $70,000)
The St. Charles County Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory (SCCPDCL) provides forensic DNA analysis services to the law enforcement community of St. Charles County, Missouri. The SCCPDCL will use funds from the FY19 Forensic DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program to enhance its DNA testing capacity and reduce its DNA backlog by providing overtime for analysts and purchasing DNA testing supplies. Funding analyst overtime is a proven way for the SCCPDCL to reduce its DNA backlog and improve the timeliness of forensic DNA testing it provides. Three major goals of this program are: 1) Reduce the DNA backlog by 10 percent through analyst overtime and the purchase of supplies and DNA software; 2) Reduce the average turnaround time to less than 200 days by funding analyst overtime; and 3) Increase the number of items analyzed per analyst per month to over 40.