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Academic-based Drug Field Testing and Training Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $1,774,913)

The purpose of this program is to address delays in forensic lab testing with the ultimate goal of reducing court backlogs for drug-related offenses. The recipient will utilize funds to establish a pilot project to develop a national training model on current rapid identification technology and scientifically sound field collection and testing methods that can be used when drugs are discovered in the field. Specifically, the recipient will: 1) Create a pilot program to establish a training model led by an accredited institution of higher learning that can be used nationwide regarding rapid identification technology and methods which can be used when drugs are discovered in the field; and 2) Provide training to local law enforcement officers both on the methods of conducting rapid field testing to identify drugs encountered in the field as well as proper evidence collection techniques and storage measures.


Date Created: September 18, 2020