Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $526,303)
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Crime laboratory is a unit of State government that provides PCR-STR DNA analysis on samples from crime scene evidence at no cost to all law enforcement agencies within the State of Missouri. The goals for this grant are to reduce the backlog and reduce the overall turnaround time for handling, screening, analyzing and reviewing forensic biology/DNA samples. Increasing the capacity and efficiency of our DNA programs will be the key elements to achieving these goals. The MSHP Laboratory proposes to achieve these goals by: 1) Funding salaries for two criminalists; 2) Purchasing supplies to analyze at least 200 cases; 3) Fund continuing education for our DNA Staff; and 4) Purchasing software to improve efficiencies.