Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2002, $1,000,000)
Project Summary for 2002-LP-CX-K004
The Crime Laboratory Improvement Program (CLIP) was created in FY 2000 as an expansion of the FY 1996-99 Forensic DNA Laboratory Improvement Program. The goal of CLIP is to provide support for public crime laboratories to improve the capacities and capabilities in all disciplines of forensic analytical testing. The availability of increasingly state-of-the-art, comprehensive, and timely forensic analyses will in turn be a valuable assistance to law enforcement personnel in the investigation of criminal offenses.
This award will establish the Central Gulf Coast Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. Once operational, this new resource will provide expert computer forensic service and related assistance to the criminal justice community in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. It will support the capacity to better investigate and bring to justice a wide range of criminal offenders engaged in such crimes as distribution of child pornography, financial fraud, and crimes committed using encrypted e-mail transmissions.
- Improved Nucleic Acid Recovery From Trace and Degraded Samples Using Affinity Purification
- Detection and identification of hair dyes directly at a crime scene by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)
- Advanced Microfluidic Technology for Automated, Rapid, and Objective Laboratory Screening of Seized Drugs