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FY 2019 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $250,000)

The Richland County Sheriff's Department will implement the FY 2019 CEBR grant to achieve the following goals: reduction of backlogged DNA cases and increase laboratory capacity with the objective of an overall reduction in violent and nonviolent crimes in Richland County through a continuation of current analyst throughput (65 samples/month). Without the grant-funded re-employment of the full time analyst and the full time technician, laboratory case throughput will be reduced by approximately 30 percent. The project plan/method is to utilize the grant-funded full time analyst and full time technician along with the two county-funded full time DNA analysts and existing laboratory infrastructure to. Funds will also be used to purchase an updated genetic analyzer that will increase the laboratory’s efficiency. Annual training for the DNA Analysts will allow for required continuing education.


Date Created: September 13, 2019