Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $257,555)
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Crime Laboratory [SLMPD] has a backlog of cases at the DNA analysis level that could be partially alleviated by hiring a full-time DNA analyst and the purchase of 4 EZ2 Connect instruments. The overall goals of this program will still be to reduce the number of untested forensic casework samples, to enter eligible profiles into CODIS and obtain hits, and to prosecute the suspects. This will be accomplished by hiring a new DNA analyst to work only on backlogged cases. It will also be accomplished by the purchase of 4 EZ2 instruments that will make the purification of extracted samples more efficient.