Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $360,735)
The North Dakota Office of Attorney General (NDOAG), Crime Laboratory Division is responsible for analyzing evidential material associated with criminal investigations for all state and local law enforcement agencies, medical examiners, and coroners in North Dakota. The NDOAG, Crime Laboratory Division is requesting to use FY 2019 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction formula grant dollars to work towards the laboratory and division goals of helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis. Specifically, the laboratory is requesting to utilize the federal dollars to purchase supplies and software upgrades, and to contract with a vendor to conduct the bi-annually required external QAS audit of the DNA Unit. The Office of Attorney General, Crime Laboratory Division is striving to attain an average 30- day DNA casework and database sample turn-around time and to increase the productivity of each analyst to at least 60 samples per month.