Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2002, $648,570)
Project Summary for Grant 2002-RC-CX-K003
The funds awarded under the Crime Laboratory Improvement Program will be used to purchase new and upgraded laboratory equipment and instrumentation as well as for training of relevent laboratory personnel in the use of the new equipment. The services where CLIP funds provide support include 1) fingerprint examinations, where a vacuum metal deposition (VMD) chamber will allow development of latent prints on surfaces that cannot be successfully developed by other methods, 2) evidence collection, where an argon laser and an image enhancement system will be implemeted for locating, identifying, and examining various types of trace and fingerprint evidence, 3) vehicle examinations, where a new vehicle lift will be implemented for more effective collection of evidence from vehicles, and 4) video examinations, where an enhancement configuration system will support a variety of laboratory services including microscopes, chemical resistant work surfaces, biological and chemical safety hoods, and forensic examination work stations. Overall, this project will allow the Forensic Services Unit of teh City of Bellevue Police Department to provide information to the criminal justice agencies in a more timely manner and reduce and prevent backlogs of unanalyzed evidence.