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FY2007 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Act Program Report to Congress — Funding Table
State or Territory
Units of Local Government
Alabama Dept. of Economic and Community Affairs
Base funds will be utilized to develop a reliable Laboratory Information Management System and to upgrade equipment currently in use by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences death investigation's staff. Equipment to be purchased with Coverdell funds include: Laboratory Information Management System imaging servers, Laboratory Information Management System file servers, personal computers and software, microscopes with polarizers, and digital cameras. Competitive funds will be used to purchase video-conferencing equipment that will address the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences' need to facilitate the transmission of information for personnel training and continuing education seminars, administrative conferences and meetings, casework reviews, and State-level and federal-level court testimony.
City of Birmingham
This grant award will be used to enhance the existing firearms & tool mark unit to increase the efficiency of the examinations currently performed by expanding the available space and number of trained personnel. The request for services of the unit has outstripped the current facilities and personnel resulting in a large backlog of unprocessed firearms evidence. Grant funds will also be used to train two people to test fire and enter "IBIS" firearms into the system. This would allow the Firearms Unit to increase its output from roughly 60 "IBIS" firearms per month to 200 per month, an increase of approximately 300%. At this improved rate, the unit would eliminate the backlog of firearms waiting to be processed in approximately 12 months. When the backlog is eliminated, the technicians can shift efforts to entering into IBIS fired firearms evidence.
Alaska Department of Public Safety
Alaska will utilize funding to improve the quality and timeliness and to eliminate or drastically decrease backlogs in the analysis of forensic evidence of forensic science services provided by the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety's Scientific Crime Laboratory (SCDL) to Alaska's law enforcement agencies. The main objectives of this project are to maintain the accuracy, reliability, and credibility of results obtained through analysis of samples submitted for identification; decrease the number of days between submission of a sample and delivery of the sample to the requesting agency; and eliminate/reduce the backlog of samples awaiting forensic analysis.
Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory will use the funding received for training of laboratory personnel and to pay annual accreditation fees to the laboratory’s accrediting body, American Society of Crime Laboratory Director’s- Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). The analysts/examiners will attend training in their discipline including Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), digital evidence, field investigation, firearms/toolmarks, forensic biology, forensic chemistry, illicit labs, latent prints, medical examiners, physical evidence, quality assurance, toxicology and visual communications. The training received from these courses will increase the analyst’s knowledge of new methods and instrumentation and keep the analyst abreast with the latest forensic techniques and trends. The new training will also fulfill the laboratory’s requirements to remain accredited and demonstrate to the general public and the criminal justice system that the laboratory output is of the highest quality and that the procedures used meet established standards.
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission
Coverdell Base funds will be used to provide training, certification and accreditation costs, equipment upgrades and supplies for the six agencies represented in this grant: Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory, Mesa Police Department Crime Laboratory, Phoenix Police Department Crime Laboratory, Tucson Police Department Crime Laboratory, Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner, and Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner. The competitive grant funding will purchase four Mideo systems. These systems will improve DUI blood-alcohol analysis and increase case processing by 20 percent or more. The expected percent result is a reduction in DUI blood alcohol turnaround time improvement of reducing the current 30-day turnaround time to 21 days or less. The ultimate goal is to have a 14-day turnaround time to assist the courts in meeting their newly established time standards.
City of Avondale
The goal of the City of Avondale, Arizona is to improve the level of service provided by the Avondale Police Department’s (APD’s) Latent Print Unit. Funding will provide an upgrade that will allow for the capture of known palm prints via livescan for processing through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) already in use. Capturing these palm images with the livescan will allow the backlogged latent palm prints on file to be compared and identified via the AFIS. This will reduce the processing time from several years to seven to ten days for most comparisons.
Maricopa County, Arizona will increase the number of toxicology reports produced in thirty days from the current 75% to at least 85% in the year of the project. This will be accomplished by increasing the analysis efficiency by adding a stand-alone liquid chromatograph/mass spectrometer/mass spectrometer (LC/MS/MS). This state-of-the-art analytical equipment has been demonstrated to dramatically increase the through-put in forensic toxicology laboratories.
Phoenix Police Department
The Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau (LSB) will use Coverdell funds to utilize outsourcing to reduce the current backlog in the Evidence Processing Unit (EPU) and the Latent Print Comparative (LPC) Unit. The EPU is responsible for the processing of evidence to determine the presence of latent prints and the LPC Unit compares any unknown latent prints to known fingerprint exemplars or enters the unknown latent print into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Outsourcing will not only reduce each section’s backlog, but will allow analysts within the EPU and LPC Unit to focus on processing incoming priority cases.
California Governor's Office of Emergency Services- Law Enforcement and Victim Services Division
The goal of California’s 2007 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program is to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science services, to eliminate backlogs in the analysis of forensic evidence in California’s eligible forensic science laboratories, and provide education and training programs for qualifying forensic scientists. The objectives are aligned with recommendations proposed in Under the Microscope, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s Task Force Report on Forensic Services published in 2003. Under the Microscope builds on the findings and recommendations of the 1998 California State Auditor’s report. These reports serve as the template for California’s consolidated forensic science plan. The California Association of Crime Laboratory Directors has recommended that Coverdell funds be made available to each accredited forensic laboratory in the state to fund a combination of equipment upgrade, replacement programs, employee overtime or limited term new hires, and education and training programs.
County of San Bernardino
Funding to the County of San Bernardino will increase the productivity of the firearms examiners and reduce the backlog of firearms-related requests. This goal will be reached through the purchase of a comparison microscope with digital imaging capture software, the funding of overtime compensation for analysts, and the training of personnel. The comparison microscope will alleviate the bottleneck created by the current existence of only two such scopes for two examiners and two trainees. The usage of overtime hours for the completion of firearms assignments will have a direct affect on the backlog. The grant would also fund the repair and upgrade of an older Gas Chromatograph / Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) thus, speeding up the processing of drug testing and allow testing of arson / fire debris without requiring the shutdown of all drug testing and recalibration of the GC/MS.
City and County of San Francisco
The City and County of San Francisco will acquire, install and operate a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) with associated computer hardware and software for the Forensic Laboratory Division and will train appropriate personnel in its use. The LIMS will improve the quality and timeliness of postmortem toxicology cases, human performance toxicology cases (such as alleged DUIs and Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults - Date Rapes) and forensic drug urine testing cases (for sworn peace officers) in the City and County of San Francisco which are analyzed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The goals reflect the need for computerization of forensic analyses and data management of the Forensic Laboratory Division of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as required by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) and the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) for the purposes of accreditation.
Colorado Department of Public Safety (DPS), Division of Criminal Justice
The Colorado Department of Public Safety will utilize its funding for supporting quality control, hiring staff, and purchasing needed equipment. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will improve and maintain Quality System Support (QSS) operations in the lab. CBI will perform on-site inspections, review work activities, practices, and procedures as well as quality assurance investigations. Also, the CBI will decrease the backlog of cases in fingerprints/shoe and tire-tread comparison, questioned documents, firearms and drug chemistry. The Denver Police Department (DPD) will hire a fully qualified National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) technician. The state lab will use grant funds to improve the services performed by the Firearms Section of the CBI Denver laboratory through modernization of the equipment. Purchasing two Firearms Microscope units by the lab will enable efficiency in the analysis process.
City of Colorado Springs
Funding will provide the Metro Crime Lab of the City of Colorado Springs to continue to employ a part-time certified firearms examiner. The examiner assists the lab by helping to improve the quality and timeliness of ballistic and firearms forensics in El Paso County, to improve the timeliness of ballistic and firearms forensics in the State of Colorado by reducing the burden on the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, to reduce the backlog of entries to the National Integrated Ballistic Network (NIBIN), and to create sustainability by providing training and mentoring to a Crime Lab Technician completing work to become a certified firearms examiner.
City of Northglenn
Funds will be used for purchasing equipment, providing training, and improving the evidence/property room. A ductless cyanoacrylate fuming chamber and a fume hood will be purchased. The fuming chamber will facilitate improved quality and more timely analysis and also provide a safe working environment to ensure that the operator’s exposure to the cyanoacrylate vapor is limited. The fume hood unit will be used in latent print processing techniques using chemicals and powders. Also, the fume hood will minimize the inhalation and contact of the dusting powder and other chemicals and solvents used for latent print processing, eliminating potential health hazards for the Crime Lab personnel. In addition, the use of the fume hood will also improve the quality of the analysis due to the more controlled environment. Training will be provided to personnel through continuing education and training. Also, funding will be applied to improve the infrastructure and management of the evidence/property Room. Shelving units and containers will be purchased which will enhance the infrastructure of the evidence/property Room, creating a more efficient storage and retrieval system.
State of Connecticut
Connecticut will divide its grants between the Department of Public Safety and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The Connecticut Department of Public Safety proposes that its Division of Scientific Services Laboratories continue the professional education of its members. Training in various venues will provide the opportunity for each member of the division to enhance her/his scientific skills, to develop time management and prioritization skills, and to apply these techniques to further the mission and objectives of the division. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner proposes to purchase state-of-the-art Agilent Blood Analysis Headspace Gas Chromatograph (GC) to replace an outdated Perkin Elmer GC. The replacement of old Perkins-Elmer equipment with Agilent equipment continues the progress of the OCME for enhanced quality through more modern and sophisticated technology.
Delaware Criminal Justice Council
The DNA Unit of the Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) will be purchasing analytical equipment and will be providing training for analysts through attendance at professional meetings and graduate coursework. The goal of the OCME is to streamline the DNA analysis of casework samples that are labor and time intensive while maximizing the quality of the DNA data.
District of Columbia Justice Grants Administration
In an effort to address the backlog and curb future firearms evidence case backlogs, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is committed to hiring employees to fill the vacant positions. The goal of the grant will be to train at least three (3) MPD members in the discipline of firearms identification full time. The method for achieving the goal shall be to hire two Contract Firearms Trainer/Examiners, one to conduct training and a second to complete firearms evidence submissions. The contract trainer would instruct, monitor and evaluate at least three (3) MPD members in the field of firearms identification. The contractor examiner would complete backlogged firearms evidence submissions and provide expert court testimony as needed.
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Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Funds from the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant will help state and local laboratories and Florida’s medical examiners continue to streamline and enhance processes through the purchase of equipment and supplies. The equipment and supplies will aid in expediting and supporting case work to increase output capacity, maintenance of discipline proficiency through training, and support for laboratories to transition from ASCLD-LAB to international quality standards.
Funds requested under the “Technical Improvements for the Broward County Medical Examiner Division” project will be used for the conversion of old and outdated medical examiner equipment and technology. In order to successfully improve the quality and timeliness of medical examiner services and to reduce the 100 backlogged cases of unidentified deceased persons that currently exist in Broward County more technologically advanced equipment is required.
Osceola County Sheriffs Office
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office grant project will purchase and implement a Motorola Printrak Latent Station (Printrak). With this system, the agency will have the capability to process and evaluate all of latent prints in-house so that latent print processing will not have to be outsourced to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). This will significantly reduce backlogs for both Osceola County and the FDLE.
City of Port St. Lucie
Grant funding will purchase of an AFIS Latent Station to enhance the latent print processing and submission capabilities by interfacing directly with state and local databases. These proposed improvements in forensic technology would aid the department to enter, search, match, identify and verify fingerprint data via a digital format; the system would interface with the databases run by all other police departments within St. Lucie County, as well as access with the state system at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the state mandated project to improve and expand positive biometric identifications.
City of Sarasota Police Department
The City of Sarasota Police Department will use Coverdell funds to purchase a Motorola Printrak fingerprint and palm print matching system. This system would significantly decrease the time it takes to compare suspect fingerprints with a local database, resulting in more timely identifications, arrests and prosecutions. The department would also use Coverdell funds to train forensics staff to increase their knowledge and abilities in processing crime scene evidence.
Volusia County’s goal is to improve the efficiency of forensic identification in terms of time, money, and the accuracy of diagnoses in the Volusia County Medical Examiner’s Office. By upgrading a conventional film-based radiographic apparatus to a direct digital radiography system several objectives will be obtained. These objectives are to improve timeliness of radiographic image acquisition, improve timeliness of image analysis and accuracy of diagnoses allow enhancement of radiographic images for improved quality, improve portability and storage/retrieval of images, and allow integration and compatibility with other medical imaging formats using Digital Image and Communication Medicine (DICOM) software.
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
The goal of the 2007 Coverdell grant project is to improve the timeliness of analyses and reduce backlogs in the trace evidence, latent print, and firearms disciplines. This goal will be accomplished through the purchase of a new analytical instrument for trace evidence to relieve a bottleneck in the analysis process. Overtime will be funded for scientists and technicians in the latent print and firearms disciplines so that additional casework can be completed. A replacement Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR) will be purchased for the drug identification section in the Eastern Regional Lab (Augusta) to replace a unit that is currently non-operational. Additionally, a digital x-ray workstation will be purchased for the medical examiners to reduce ongoing operational costs and to improve quality.
Hawaii Department of the Attorney General
Grant funding is essential for the efforts of the State of Hawaii’s Department of Public Safety Narcotics Enforcement Division (NED) to make the new forensic laboratory operational. The funding will be used for necessary training, purchasing essential laboratory equipment, and for needed personnel expenses. NED must have a properly equipped laboratory with clearly identified protocols, procedures, and guidelines to provide timely and quality forensic drug analytical services for Hawaii’s Criminal Justice community.
Idaho State Police
The funds requested are for the purchase of new equipment that will allow impression examiners to complete their analyses in an efficient and timely manner. These goals will be obtained by providing impression examiners with additional digital imaging workstations that will increase the efficiency of current methodologies. Impression examiners will then have the capability of doing these examinations at their individual workstations. This would eliminate bottlenecks in impression examinations and comparisons which is the result of a single digital imaging workstation. All impression examiners, which are located in one laboratory, would have access to a digital imaging workstation when needed.
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Illinois will divide funding between the Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Forensic Services - Forensic Sciences Command (FSC), the DuPage County Crime Laboratory (DCCL), and the Northern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory (NIRCL). The DCCL will provide training and/or educational functions to analytical staff and will provide overtime compensation to reduce the case backlog in the drug chemistry and latent print sections. The NIRCL will purchase analytical equipment and supplies for the latent print section. Funding will also be used to upgrade hoods in the toxicology section and to purchase storage cabinets for the firearms section. Overtime compensation will be provided to analysts in the latent print and drug chemistry sections. The NIRCL will also procure peripherals to improve the storage capacity of their Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The ISP will purchase a digital imaging system for the latent print section and provide training to the staff. The ISP Crime Scene Services Command will use funding to purchase additional digital camera kits for the crime scene investigators and provide on-site training on the use of the cameras.
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute will be replacing and acquiring equipment. Funding from the grant will replace a 10-year old GC/MS system at Fort Wayne Regional Laboratory and will replace the current VSC1 (Video Spectral Comparator) with a VSC-5000 at the Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency. The purchase of the GC/MS will improve the ability to attain and maintain a turnaround time of 45 days for drug analysis at the Fort Wayne Regional Laboratory, while minimizing maintenance costs. The new Video Spectral Comparator will allow the Firearms Section and the Forensic Documents Section of the laboratory to process cases more efficiently due to the additional examinations allowed by the new instrumentation. Also, 10 to 30 year old instrumental systems in the Microanalysis Unit will be replaced within the year of this grant. Attaining these goals and associated objectives will improve the ability to attain and maintain a turnaround time of 45 days for trace analysis while minimizing maintenance costs.
Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency
Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency will use Coverdell funds to provide employee development in the areas of blood stain analysis training, proficiency testing, and conducting an annual quality assurance audit as required through ASCLD/LAB/International (ISO17025).
Iowa Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy
In Iowa, this grant will be split between the Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Investigation, Crime Laboratory and the Department of Public Health, Medical Examiner’s Office. The crime laboratory will employ the funds to provide networking and programming of instruments used in the laboratory. The five-year goal is to develop a paperless lab in which case information would be electronically collated in case files and available to lab staff, investigators, and attorneys online. Also the 2007 grant will be used to purchase an enzyme linked immunasorbent assay instrument to analyze blood samples. The Medical Examiner’s Office will use the Coverdell Grant funding to improve death scene investigation in rural areas by paying for training at the St Louis death investigation course for rural county medical death investigators. Additionally, increased specialized training will be provided throughout the Department of Health.
Office of the Governor of Kansas
Kansas’ funding will be utilized by increasing analytical capacity and to maintain a high level of competency through continuing education of the forensic scientists. The acquisition of a specialized digital microscopes with photographic capabilities will decrease the examination time. This will reduce the amount of time required to document the cartridge cases which are currently done by hand. Johnson County’s Firearms Section will acquire a specialized comparison microscope with digital photographic capabilities. The new comparison microscope will improve the timeliness and efficiency of forensic firearms services of the Johnson County Crime Laboratory (JCCL). The request for funding is to cover the cost associated with not only the acquisition of the specialized microscopes (JCCL and Sedgwick County) but also to provide the opportunity for the forensic professionals to stay current in their scientific disciplines.
Kentucky Justice And Public Safety Cabinet
Kentucky will share its 2007 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant funds between the Kentucky Office of the State Medical Examiner (KME) and The Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratories (KSPFL). The KME will be provided with a digital X-ray unit and digitizer to replace an outdated model. This unit will allow the transfer of x-rays to a digital file which can be viewed on any computer, allowing greater efficiency in review and sharing of x-rays. In addition, the Medical Examiner’s office will also be seeking funds to purchase an Olympus BX 41 four head microscope with additional lenses and a digital camera attachment. KSPFL will additionally use the funding to continue their goal of ASCLD/LAB accreditation of all six laboratory branches (three are already accredited). Funding is requested to provide training which will enhance the abilities of personnel and encourage compliance with the accreditation process. Funding is also requested for the purchase of two systems to generate hydrogen to run Flame Ionization Detector Gas Chromatographs as well as a manifold system for the Eastern Laboratory located in Ashland, Kentucky.
Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice
Grant funds obtained by the State of Louisiana will be used to achieve and maintain accreditation status with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board. The funding made available by the Coverdell grant will be used to assist the accredited laboratories in maintaining accreditation and to assist the remaining laboratories in achieving full accreditation. Specifically the funding will provide assistance with ASCLD/LAB annual fees, accreditation inspection fees, equipment calibration requirements, overtime, training, and in the purchase of necessary equipment, and supplies.
Maine Department of Public Safety
Program funds will provide the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) and the Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL) with needed training, technology, supplies and equipment. These improvements will promote accreditation and certification for each of the three State of Maine facilities. The Maine State Police Crime Laboratory seeks funds to improve its laboratory by accreditation, specifically by education training. The OCME seeks funding to prepare for accreditation by the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). In order to meet NAME timeframe standards for closure of Medical Examiner cases, the OCME must reduce the current backlog of cases. Forensic pathologists will be contracted to perform autopsies so that the regular staff may focus on completing backlog cases. HETL will use funding to provide investigative and legal services to the State of Maine. Additionally, the grant will be used to partially fund a full time equivalent chemist for the identification of controlled substances. This position will reduce the turnaround time for controlled substance analysis and also help assure continued ASCLD/LAB accreditation.
State of Maryland
The State of Maryland will share its grant funding between the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Maryland State Police (MSP), Anne Arundel County Police Department, Baltimore City Police Department, and Baltimore County Police Department. The OCME will purchase a High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC) with ultraviolet detection to analyze certain drugs. The HPLC will eliminate the need to send out certain drug specimens for testing. The MSP will staff overtime to conduct required technical reviews of parolee and probationer DNA. Two laptop computers with two copies of the required analytical software (Genemapper and Microsoft) will be purchased to assist and expedite this review. MSP will also prepare for International ISO accreditation process. Anne Arundel County Police Department will use Coverdell funds to advance training and education for laboratory chemists. The Baltimore City Police Department plans to provide additional training to laboratory employees and will prepare for ASCLD/LAB International Accreditation. Baltimore County Police Department will purchase a network server for computer forensics and a camera for a firearms comparison microscope.
Massachusetts State Police
Funding in Massachusetts will be used to improve the capacity and quality of services provided by the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) and the Boston Police Department (BPD) through the acquisition of specialized equipment and training. Herein, equipment is requested for the MSP Firearms Identification Section (FIS) and the MSP Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS) (which performs friction ridge skin, shoe, and tire impression examinations and comparisons). Training funds are requested for the BPD Forensic Services Division. Funding will be utilized to purchase one comparison macroscope system with photo-documentation capability and a training bridge for the MSP Firearms Identification Section; to purchase four footwear and tire track impression databases; and to sub-contract funds to the BPD to enable them to send forensic examiners to various skill-specific training.
City of Boston
The City of Boston will use Coverdell funds to purchase a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The system will improve the timeliness and quality of evidence management and forensic services provided by the Boston Police Department’s Forensic Technology Division.
State of Michigan
The Michigan State Police will use Coverdell base funding to improve the timeliness of services provided through the Forensic Science Division’s statewide laboratory system. The requested funding will be utilized to provide overtime to the Drug Analysis Unit, Latent Print Unit, Firearms/Toolmarks Unit, Micro-chemical Unit, and Questioned Documents Unit for the purpose of backlog reduction.
City of Detroit
The requested grant funds will be utilized to purchase the Aspex upgrade package for the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The SEM is an instrument used for the analysis of gunshot residue (GSR) kits. Use of this funding will significantly reduce or eliminate the backlog of GSR kits awaiting analysis and improve the turn around time. The SEM currently requires twenty-four (24) hours to process one GSR kit (four stubs). By purchasing the Aspex upgrade package for the SEM, the laboratory will be capable of processing five (5) GSR Kits (twenty stubs) in forty-eight (48) hours.
Department of Public Safety
Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety’s will use Coverdell funding to move toward a paperless information network for all law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Minnesota. This would allow faster and more economic methods of data input and retrieval, include greater access to the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), and improve the quality and timeliness of service in the area of forensic computer analysis. Also, Grant funding will be used to purchase new Tablet PC’s to be issued to case-working forensic scientists. The tablet function and the portability of the PC’s will allow scientists the option of taking notes directly into an electronic format which in turn allows for the direct importation of this data into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). This will save time by eliminating the need to scan paper documents into the LIMS. It will also allow for faster technical review of the data. Funds will also be used to purchase hard drives and the appropriate technology to copy hard drives in the field to reduce the risk of damage to evidence while in transport to the lab.
City of Saint Paul
The grant will be used for hiring and training of a criminalist, as well as provide training for current lab staff. The added criminalist working on narcotics and gun cases will help to reduce the backlog in entering fingerprint data into the Midwest Automated Fingerprint Identification Network (MAFIN) by allowing current staff to focus on those duties. The current staff would also have more time to reduce the backlog of fingerprint comparisons when freed up from testing drugs and processing guns The grant would also fund the repair and upgrade of an older Gas Chromatograph / Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) which would speed the processing of drug testing and allow testing of arson / fire debris without requiring the shutdown of all drug testing and recalibration of the GC/MS. This upgrade could also speed up the processing of other types of evidence in the lab by freeing up the staff to work on other cases / evidence besides the narcotics cases.
Mississippi Division of Public Safety
Coverdell funds will be used to reduce backlog and increase the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) functionality. The reduction of the backlog of worked cases in the Mississippi Crime Laboratory (MCL) and improvement in the quality and timeliness of forensic services provided to the Criminal Justice System in Mississippi would be obtained by purchasing an ELISA system for the Toxicology Section. The Toxicology Section is responsible for 40% of the cases in the MCL backlog. Additionally funding would be used to increase the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) functionality by adding high speed document scanners, increasing storage and backup infrastructure and purchasing additional Justice Trax® software licenses so that new employees can be added to the system.
Missouri Department of Public Safety
The Missouri Department of Public Safety will split its funding between the Missouri Association of Crime Laboratory Directors (MACLD) and the Missouri Southern State University Crime Lab in Joplin. MACLD will use funds to provide specialized training to the personnel of Missouri’s crime laboratories. This is a continuing Coverdell funded program and will provide training in a variety of forensic science disciplines (DNA testing, firearms, impression & pattern evidence, drug/toxicology, arson and drug chemistry) as well as training in critical areas such as laboratory accreditations, management & supervision, audits, and inspections. Competitive funds will be used to obtain laboratory accreditation for the Missouri Southern State University Crime Lab in Joplin. The lab will upgrade the toxicology instrumentation by the acquisition of a Headspace Gas Chromatograph (GC) with dual capillary columns and two detectors. This specialized GC will be used for determining the level of alcohol and other volatiles in blood. Also an ELISA Drug Screening System used for the detection of a wide variety of drugs of abuse in blood, urine, and other body fluids will be purchased.
Montana Board of Crime Control
Coverdell grant funds will be used to addresses a number of areas important to the Montana Forensic Science Laboratory, including staff training, equipment purchases and staffing with the emphasis of reducing the current backlog in the Impression Evidence Section of the laboratory. The lab currently has a one year backlog in the Impression Evidence Section, or approximately 165 cases. In order to reduce the backlog, Coverdell grant funds will be used to contract with an outside firm, who will go to the laboratory and process, compare and report the findings of a substantial number of the backlogged cases. The laboratory’s required peer review of the contracted help will be accomplished by internal staff who will co-sign reports thus maintaining that internal staff will be able to be called as expert witnesses on these cases if needed. Grant funds will be also be used to cover travel expenses to attend the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting, and the Society of Forensic Toxicology annual training seminar.
Nebraska State Patrol
Coverdell funds will enable the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Laboratory to obtain additional Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) programming, train forensic staff, purchase replacement equipment and attain accreditation in the Latents discipline. Equipment to be purchased with Coverdell funds include a Kevlar Bullet Trap to encapsulate the bullet in Kevlar, slowing it down and protecting land impressions for comparative analysis; a DFO/Ninhydrin Development Chamber to allow for controlled development of latent prints on porous items, thus increasing the potential for the development of quality prints for comparison; and a CDS Pyroprobe 5000 to aid in the analysis of paints and plastics uses pyrolysis gas chromatography (PGC).
City of Omaha
The City of Omaha will use Coverdell funds for renovation and to purchase equipment and supplies. A former film processing area will be remodeled and renovated into a "clean lab." Drying cabinets will be purchased to increase the capacity to dry blood and fluids from evidentiary specimens with adequate ventilation and capacity to speed the drying process. A video, image and audio clarification computer system will also be purchased in order to facilitate the Omaha Police Department Crime Lab’s work.
Nevada Department of Public Safety
Coverdell funds will be used to continue reducing the turnaround time of the current case backlog and increase the quality and integrity of results. The grantee plans to purchase three pieces of equipment, a Compact Laser, a Reflected Ultra-Violet Imaging System and a Digital Camera, which will all assist in the extraction, reduce the processing time, and improve the integrity of latent fingerprint, palm print, and footprint evidence derived from crime scenes.
Henderson Police Department
The Henderson Police Department Criminalistics Bureau will utilize grant funds to implement immunoassay lab testing that will enable the laboratory to provide quality services and timely results to investigators and courts. The Henderson Police Department will obtain an enzyme immunoassay system (EIA) to perform toxicological drug analysis on site. An EIA system is a key piece of equipment in a toxicology laboratory conducting testing for drugs of abuse in blood and urine specimens. This type of testing is a screening test, in which a negative result can conclusively rule out entire classes of drugs, and a positive test can direct additional testing in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Forensic Laboratory proposes the purchase of two Fingerprint Development Chambers, a Condensate Recirculating System, a Fuming Chamber, and a digital camera system. The two Fingerprint Development Chambers with the Condensate Recirculating System will increase both the number of latent prints recovered and speed at which they can be recovered from certain types of evidence (e.g. paper products). The Fuming Chamber and the digital camera system will increase the efficiency of the Latent Print Detail by allowing multiple forensic scientists to complete casework concurrently. Ultimately, this equipment will help solve crimes and aid in the prosecution of those who commit criminal acts in Southern Nevada in a timelier manner. The LVMPD Forensic Laboratory also proposes contracting with four highly regarded instructors to provide 128 hours of instruction to current staff to increase their skill levels and casework efficiency. Topics will include Forensic Photography, Forensic Digital Imaging, and Forensic Ridgeology.
The grantee will use Coverdell funds to ensure accuracy and expedite turnaround times for labeling, cataloging, transferring, processing, storing and reporting test results for autopsy toxicology specimens by purchasing computers for the body receiving and releasing dock, the autopsy suite and the sample handling area. Additionally, software and support systems will be purchased that are compatible with the Toxicology and Criminalistics Laboratories to create a system interface. Other equipment purchases include laser jet printers and scanning systems for specimen labeling, tracking, and electronic transfer/sharing of autopsy and toxicology reports. “Smart” phones will also be purchased to improve timeliness of processing death scenes by reducing response time and allowing for safe tracking of staff. Laptop or notebook computers will be purchased for primary field investigators to facilitate "in-field" information gathering and report preparation. Lastly, Washoe County plans to use Coverdell funds to aid in their pursuit of National Association of Medical Examiners accreditation.
State of New Hampshire
Coverdell grant funds will be used to train personnel, maintain accreditation standards and purchase equipment. A contract with ASCLD/LAB will allow for ongoing inspections of the laboratory to ensure accreditation standards are maintained; the purchase of new laboratory computer forensics equipment will enhance the capabilities of the overall forensic laboratory, and the purchase and installation of a new medical examiner records management system will help to support the operation of the office.
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New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety
The grantee will use Coverdell funds for equipment purchases and training in ballistics to assist in the objective of receiving accreditation and quality service. Ballistics equipment planned to be purchased include a bullet trap to capture and retain test-fired bullets, a comparison microscope and a digital imaging system for the documentation of ballistic evidence, evidence comparisons, and analyst training.
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State of New Mexico
The goal of the Base project request is to increase and to maintain the quality and timeliness of existing services at the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Forensic Laboratories through training opportunities and to improve the ability of the laboratory to collect and document evidence by purchasing scanners for the Latent Fingerprint and Drug Chemistry Units, an alternate light source for the Latent Unit, and a digital camera for the Evidence Unit. The goal of the Competitive proposal is to reduce and essentially eliminate the backlog of unsigned death certificates originating from deaths occurring outside of the metropolitan area of Albuquerque that are investigated and examined by Field Deputy Medical Investigators by developing a Field Investigation Data Management System. The reduced turnaround time for death certificates is part of a state plan to improve the quality and timeliness of medical examiner services in the State. The goal for the average turnaround time for death certificates for these cases would be 7 days and elimination of the backlog.
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New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
This proposal is for grant funding to provide essential technical training for up to 350 forensic examiners from 22 state and local crime laboratories. Grant funds would support regional trainings open to all laboratories and their staff. By offering the trainings regionally in state, laboratories are able to have more staff trained at lower costs.
Monroe County will use Coverdell funds to refine the histology process, train staff, and enhance the tracking system for samples and records. The histology process will be refined by improving accuracy with cassettes that are sent to an outside lab for processing. Additional staff will be educated relative to the current accepted practices of the Medicolegal Death Investigator. The tracking of movement of evidence, human remains, toxicology samples, and records will be accomplished by supplementing existing bar code scanners with specialized label printers. Also technology and digital imaging will be further integrated into the case work flow process.
Onondaga County Health
Onondaga County Health Department will use Coverdell funds to purchase the Porter Lee Corporation BEAST (Bar Coded Evidence Analysis, Statistics and Tracking) medical examiner system software module, peripheral equipment, software configuration and customization and program training. The BEAST medical examiner system is a stand-alone module that will manage all the OCME’s case management needs as well as link evidence and case information for common cases with the Onondaga County Forensic Laboratories (OCFL) currently using the BEAST laboratory information management (LIMS) software module. The BEAST will also link common case evidence and information with countywide police agencies and the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA).
County of Suffolk
The goal of the County of Suffolk is to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic analysis of digital images by purchasing forensic digital image database software. The software allows digital image files to be uploaded at various remote locations and transmitted through an existing network to the Identification Section. It also permits image encryption, remote viewing, authentication, image tracking, and generates an audit log of user access. All these attributes are necessary to maintain the chain of custody in criminal investigations. The implementation of this technology and digital photographic procedures will speed the processing of forensic images and reduce the cost and manpower necessary to maintain a secure physical space environment for traditional negatives. It will also, through remote viewing, reduce the need for hard copies of crime scene images and greatly assist in the investigative and prosecution phases of criminal cases.
City of Utica
The City of Utica will use Coverdell funds to enhance computer forensics lab and to expedite services and examinations. To expand the Utica Police Department’s Computer Forensics Lab, cellular telephone forensic capabilities will be acquired and also the procedures for processing/submitting of forensic evidence will be enhanced. Offender accountability will be expedited by the accurate identification of suspects, weapons, digital and trace evidence.
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"North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety"
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will purchase a mobile digital dental x-ray system including the associated software as well as the appropriate training. The State Bureau of Investigation will obtain accreditation under ISO standards as well as purchase equipment. The Drug Chemistry Section will purchase a an increased capacity 32 tube centrifuge. Also a hydrogen generator will be purchased to double the number of blood alcohol cases. The Firearms and Toolmarks Section will upgrade their conveyor bullet recovery system. Also three balances for the Firearms and Toolmark Section, two stereomicroscopes for the Trace Evidence Section, and upgraded video and audio components for the Documents/Digital Evidence Section will be purchased. Additionally, funds will be used for the addition of instruments related to the LIMS. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Lab will purchase a CPU computer unit for the GC/MS units along with its application software. The crime lab also will purchase a high quality Fuji S5 Digital Camera equipped with an orange filter as well as Adobe Photoshop CS3.
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North Dakota Office of the Attorney General
Coverdell grant funds will be used to increase timeliness and capacity of processing evidence related to firearms and toxicology, as well as analyst training. Currently, the grantee is unable to test fire high powered rifles on-site and must test fire these rifles off-site. As a safety requirement, the testing analyst must always have a second analyst present, resulting in a time-consuming, and inefficient process. The laboratory will use Coverdell funds to purchase a bullet trap. Additionally, equipment will be purchased to enhance and increase efficiency of analyzing toxicology samples, including a centrifuge, a Co-Oximeter, a soldering tool to repair intoxilyzer instruments, and an updated Gas Chromatograph autosampler to handle the increasing number of volatile samples. Additionally, Coverdell funds will be used to support training to the forensic scientists within the laboratory to meet the continuing education requirement for ASCLD/LAB Accreditation. In addition, the laboratory is requesting funding to pay the yearly accreditation fees to ASCLD/LAB.
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Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services
Coverdell funds will be used in the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services to hire employees, train employees, purchase and upgrade equipment, and to hire contractors for training and technical assistance. Employment of qualified personnel will assist in the reduction or elimination of backlog. Scientists and pathologists will obtain the most recent information available on forensic analysis through professional conferences, instrument manufacturers, training agencies, and networking with colleagues. Another goal will be to obtain and upgrade equipment and computer technology that will maintain or enhance laboratory accreditation, quality assurance, and analytical ability. Additionally, experienced vendors who offer essential forensic training and technical assistance will be contracted.
City of Cleveland
The goals of the City of Cleveland are to acquire a Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer system and to train the Fingerprint Examiners. Both of these planned activities will significantly improve the quality and efficiency of analysis. Funding of these projects will assist the laboratory in meeting its objective to achieve ASCLD accreditation.
The goal of Cuyahoga County is to reduce turnaround time for case file information to be disseminated to in-house staff. Through the satisfaction of this goal, the need to reduce turnaround time for dissemination to outside agencies and the waiting public will concomitantly be served. In order to reach this goal, a hardware server with tremendous storage (terabyte) that will contain all previous and current Coroner’s cases will be obtained. The server will improve access to the coroner’s case information and thereby assist in the processing of the coroner’s case information. In addition to the server, appropriate server license software will be required to be purchased. Also, Cuyahoga County will acquire a scanning station to increase the ability to reduce the paperwork processing while reducing the time for in-house staff to access case information. Additionally, part-time interns will be hired to scan and transfer the data from paper to digital image.
This competitive grant will be used in Hamilton County for the purchase of a comparison microscope for a newly hired firearms examiner. The Hamilton County Coroner’s Laboratory has recently hired an additional firearms examiner to help in the reduction of case backlog and increased caseload. An antiquated comparison microscope was resurrected from storage for the new examiner to use. The purchase of a new comparison microscope with modern capabilities will bring the new analyst in line with the other firearms examiners in the lab and greatly enhance his speed and ease of comparative analysis. The project goal is to improve the capabilities of the newly hired firearms examiner, and thereby reduce the growing backlog in firearms cases. This will help the law enforcement community and justice system of Hamilton County by having cases completed in a timelier manner.
Oklahoma District Attorney's Council
Coverdell grant funds will be used for training, the purchasing of equipment, supplies, and financial obligations for laboratory accreditation. The knowledge and expertise of personnel will be enhanced through ongoing education and training. The infrastructure of the laboratory will be strengthened through the purchase of equipment which will decrease the case turnaround time and case backlog. Overtime pay will be provided for personnel to reduce the case backlog and improve case turnaround time. Supplies which will support the organizational structure of the lab and maintain the integrity of the evidence will be purchased. Also the ongoing costs for ASCLD/LAB accreditation will be provided.
Oregon State Police
The primary scope of Oregon State Police’s Coverdell funded project is to enhance the existing forensic Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), JusticeTrax. Web-based customer access to JusticeTrax will be implemented for case status information and reports. Also, analytical equipment for direct data and digital image deposition into JusticeTrax, our laboratory information management system, will be integrated.
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will utilize funding for a collaborative effort between the four publicly funded forensic labs to develop and implement a web based system capable. This system of electronically recording receipt and transmission of findings will interface with existing criminal justice records management systems. In addition another GC/mass spectrophotometer will be purchased in order to increase sample capacity by 33% and alleviate the bottleneck.
To demonstrate the quality of Forensic Services by adhering to national standards, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Forensic Laboratory project objective is to achieve full ASCLD/LAB Accreditation by the end of 2008. To meet this objective the laboratory will contract outside sources to provide a Gap Analysis of its existing Laboratory Systems Documentation, validate scientific processes and purchase the necessary proficiencies, traceable standards and application fees necessary as it applies to the accreditation process. Key laboratory staff from each section in conjunction with the Quality Assurance Coordinator will be provided overtime to develop and finish documentation, training materials and address any deficiencies that may be identified from the gap analysis report.
State of Rhode Island
Coverdell funds will be used to maintain accreditation under ISO/IEC 17025 guidelines through Forensic Quality Service. In order to maintain the accreditation, a part-time Quality Assurance Officer will be hired. Additionally, Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory personnel will complete various continuing education requirements under ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, including registration and travel expenses, which will be covered under the Coverdell award.
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South Carolina Department of Public Safety
The grantee will be providing Coverdell funds to sub-grantees with the principal goal of reducing the backlog of cases under the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the state’s regional laboratories by 50%. The need to decrease the number of backlogged cases at SLED, as well as in regional laboratories, is evidenced by the numbers of cases that have not been processed. SLED processes almost 70,000 requests yearly, and have a backlog of over 3,400 cases in six separate forensic departments. Coverdell funds will be appropriated through contracts, and will be based on the needs of the individual departments, including overtime hours and equipment updates.
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Office of the Attorney General
The South Dakota Forensic Laboratory will use Coverdell funds to hire new personnel, to provide training, to assist in accreditation costs, to maintain equipment, and to improve the Laboratory Information Management System. One manner to increase the efficiency of processing and examining trace evidence will be obtained by hiring a second examiner. Also, the laboratory will provide quality, mandatory training to a new trace evidence examiner as well as provide quality training to one firearm and toolmark examiner. Funding will also be allotted to assist in paying for the on-going inspection costs of the ISO accreditation as well as paying for a portion of the annual maintenance support/performance agreements for the Adam’s Digital Workplace. Additionally, funding will be directed toward the improvement of the Laboratory Information Management System to enhance the laboratory’s effectiveness and successfully provide enhanced services to the laboratory’s stakeholders.
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State of Tennessee
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) will use Coverdell grant funds to purchase a scanning electron microscope for use in testing for gunshot primer residue. In addition, an older EDS detector will be replaced on an existing scanning electron microscope within the lab. The State’s Medical Examiner’s Office will use Coverdell funds to develop a web application database to enable the county medical examiners and their investigators to directly enter information regarding death investigations into a state database. The database will also provide a mechanism for the county medical examiners to monitor the progress of their cases and to get quicker feedback regarding the results of examinations performed at the forensic laboratories. The database will decrease the demands on the clerical staff at the state medical examiner’s office related to the current manual entry of information and will decrease requests from the counties for feedback on their cases.
State of Texas
The Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD) will utilize 2007 Coverdell funds to support accredited crime laboratories and medical examiner offices in reducing the backlog in processing non-DNA evidence. Grant funds may be used to pay overtime to forensic scientists to address backlogs, contract for external processing of evidence or contract with qualified scientists to address backlogs, and acquire new or replacement equipment to enhance the labs ability to process evidence.
City of Austin
The Austin Police Department Crime Laboratory will use funding to train employees and to purchase additional equipment. Employees who specialize in disciplines such as latent prints, chemistry, firearms, management, crime scenes, evidence, and multi media will receive targeted training. The training classes will ensure that the laboratory meets the accreditation standards for employee development. Additionally, Coverdell funds will be used to purchase seven additional Automated Palm and Fingerprint Identification System (APFIS) Interface software licenses. The additional software and licensing will allow examiners to work APFIS cases from their own workstations, thereby eliminating the bottleneck caused by utilizing shared computers. The ability for examiners to perform their work at a steady pace will be instrumental in streamlining and expediting latent print analysis. Currently, there is a backlog of approximately 975 APFIS-quality latent submissions, dating back four months. The goal of this project is to reduce submission turnaround time to 30 days by September of 2008.
Dallas County will redesign and restructure many of the analytical data collection processes with the objective of efficiently creating and archiving electronic analytical records for inclusion in the LIMS case management system. Autopsy fingerprint and palm print cards in a form compliant with ANSI/NIST and FBI standards will be digitalized. Also, funding will be used in the development of a wireless tablet PC-based system for the recording of bench notes and analytical observations that will replace the current hardcopy forms and worksheets. Additionally, funding will be provided for the implementation of a system for the high-speed scanning of large packages of instrumental printouts (50-500 pages) to facilitate the efficient conversion of these paper records to an electronic format and attachment of these records to the LIMS case file.
Jefferson County’s goals are to decrease the number of days between the submission of serology evidence and the receipt of analysis results by the submitting agency as well as to improve the quality and uniformity of evidence and analysis documentation. These goals will be obtained by acquiring an automated sperm finding system and a Crime-Lite.
City of Pasadena
Grant funding will provide for the purchase of a new Gas Chromatograph (GC) for the Pasadena Police Department Regional Crime Laboratory. The GC will assist the crime lab in achieving its goal of decreasing the number of days between submission of toxicology evidence and the reporting of results. This new Gas Chromatograph will replace an antiquated instrument that is no longer supported or maintained by the manufacture. The new Gas Chromatograph will not only reduce time spent on maintenance, but also, introduce a dual column analysis of blood drug evidence.
Utah Department of Public Safety
The Utah Bureau of Forensic Services (BFS) will implement NIJ Coverdell Forensic Science grant formula funds to purchase a “Review Net” System. This system is composed an authentication gateway firewall, a server, and a storage area network (hardware and software). The Review Net technology will enable state and local officers to access digital evidence using their office computers.
Vermont Department of Public Safety
Coverdell grants funds will be used to cover travel and training expenses for laboratory personnel. The travel and training proposed will help the grantee achieve the goals of their project, including training staff in new areas of forensic analysis; providing continuing education in established forensic disciplines; and maintaining ASCLD-LAB accreditation.
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Funding from this grant focuses on the Department of Forensic Science (DFS) and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). The DFS will purchase equipment to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic services, and the OCME will train forensic pathology fellows to increase the number of qualified forensic pathologists throughout the state and the nation. The DFS will utilize the grant funding to purchase a new comparison microscope for use in the Central Laboratory Firearms Section. The purchase of a new microscope will improve operational efficiencies, improve timeliness of the delivery of forensic services, and provide increased throughput to address increased caseloads and training needs. The OCME will use Coverdell grant funds to train and certify three forensic pathology fellows through the accredited forensic pathology fellowship program. The trained forensic pathologists will help to improve the quality, thoroughness, and timeliness of death investigations and develop competence in performing forensic autopsies and evidence collection.
Washington Department of Community Trade and Economic Development
The Washington State Patrol Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit (MUPU) will use Coverdell funding to hire an additional employee and to train all employees so that laboratory accreditation is accomplished. The main goal is to identify unidentified persons and to assist other states in identifying their unidentified persons. MUPU is Washington State’s repository for dental records and information regarding human remains. Washington State has approximately 102 unidentified person reports entered in WACIC/NCIC. To achieve this goal, MUPU will hire one employee in a temporary project position to process the 2,000 backlogged records. Also the Washington State Crime Laboratory Division proposes to do a combination of on-site and off-site training, utilizing the National Forensic Science Training Center (NFSTC) located in Tampa, Florida, which will custom tailor a DNA/STR program to meet the lab’s accreditation requirements and address standard operating procedures.
West Virginia Division of Criminal Justice Services
Coverdell grant funds will be used to purchase and implement a digital radiography system for the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The digital x-ray system will replace the current conventional X-ray system and will provide several benefits in the post-mortem examination by improving the quality and timeliness of medical examiner services and in the analysis of forensic testing by providing a seamless image management system for post-mortem investigation throughout the completion of each case investigation. In addition, by collecting and recording the images on each case, employees in the different location will be able to view the images during quality review sessions. This aspect of case review will enhance the improvement of overall timely completion of each case.
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Wisconsin Department of Justice
The grantee will use Coverdell grant funds to maintain ASCLD/LAB accreditation, purchase two Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) units, and purchase a refrigerator to store re-agents for the toxicology section of the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner. The equipment to be purchased will help to alleviate the backlog of toxicology samples in both the County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Wisconsin State Crime Lab.
City of Eau Claire
Grant funding will purchase a cyanoacrylate negative pressure fuming chamber and two negative pressure fingerprint powder workstations. Both pieces of equipment are self contained and have specially designed filters to filter out harmful and toxic substances to ensure analyst safety. Having fuming chambers available 24 hours a day will help to reduce the backlog of items to be processed. Further, the quality of the processed evidence will increase as contamination and equipment access can be controlled. Certification of the laboratory will not be possible without this equipment.
Wyoming Office of the Attorney General
The grantee plans to use Coverdell grant funds to purchase and implement a Digital Imaging Management System, purchase a GC/IR Auto Sampler and upgrade the current SEM software. The Digital Imaging Management System will allow analysts to: maintain photographic case notes which can be easily retrieved by any laboratory staff member having legitimate need, create a centralized and standardized repository of digital photo images, and provide adequate security and audit trails for acquired images. The GC/IR instrument will increase the analytical capabilities specifically in firearms powder examination, clandestine lab analysis and explosives examination within the chemistry unit. The updated SEM software would not only streamline the SEM’s system interface by providing software continuity, but would also provide the Trace Unit with the most current search software.
Government Of Guam
Funding under this grant will be used to implement a forensic laboratory management information system. The lack of a forensic laboratory management information system hinders the examiners’ and criminalists’ ability to process the forensic cases in a timely manner. The anticipated outcomes include a reduction in the delay in getting the evidence into the laboratory for analysis, reporting of results to the requesting agency, a reduction of backlog case evidence by at least 50%, and increased forensic quality of processed case evidence.
Instituto de Ciencias Forenses
Coverdell funds in Puerto Rico’s Instituto de Ciencias Foreses will be used for the acquisition of a sophisticated optical stereomicroscope with photo-documentation capabilities. The one currently in use by the grantee is fifteen years old and in case of camera or microscope malfunction, a suitable replacement is not available. Funds will be allocated to acquire a stereomicroscope with an LCD TV monitor with which to show trace-evidence findings during peer review and discussions, as well as an adaptable digital camera with which to photo-document evidence for court presentations. Additional Coverdell funds will be used for training of an MS Chemist in the Trace Evidence group.
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U.S. Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections
The Virgin Islands Department of Justice along with the Virgin Islands Police Department continues its commitment to construct a state-of-the-art forensic laboratory on St. Croix. The purpose is to develop a comprehensive laboratory so that the departments’ investigative capacity and prosecutorial obligation can be preserved. The FY 2007 funds will be used to acquire forensic laboratory supplies, equipment and instrumentation needed to conduct the preliminary investigation of physical evidence. In addition, FY 2007 funds will also be used for travel and consultation services of other forensic science personnel to come to the territory to help us implement and maintain a system that will ensure a smooth transition from exporting all our controlled substances to analyzing evidence in-house. External training and education of personnel will be acquired to provide the appropriate personnel with the proper training regarding evidence documentation, collection, packaging, testing, and analysis. Additional training will be funded regarding operating, maintaining the equipment used for analysis.
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Fiscal Year 2007 Report on the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program.
Date Created: July 31, 2008