Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $750,000)
The goal of this CLIP proposal is to improve the level of efficiency and productivity in state and local crime laboratories by reducing the time, labor, and expense required in processing and analyzing forensic evidence. This will be accomplished by enhancing the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) facilities and developing a comprehensive model training curriculum to serve units of government throughout northeastern Illinois.
This CLIP proposal includes funding for the renovation and fit-out of the NIPSTA Field Training Facility. The 34,000-square foot building includes a large central open area and more than 15,000 square feet of additional floor space. The interior will serve a dual purpose: the location of a mock cityscape from which crime scene reenactments may be staged; and, a forensic evidence processing area that includes a crime laboratory training facility and adjoining classrooms. Both of these modifications will create a model training environment that significantly enhances the quality of training outcomes for the students in this model training program.
The Field Training Facility requires upgrades in order to create a suitable learning environment for the training initiatives identified in this proposal. Modifications are necessary prerequisites to the implementation of comprehensive crime laboratory training program. This includes conversion and repair of the roof, doorways, climate control system, electrical system, fire protection system, plumbing, and restroom facilities. All of these renovations are consistent with the facilities required for forensic training. Furthermore, they will enrich the experience of crime laboratory personnel who are trained at NIPSTA.
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