Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $396,045)
The identification, recovery, and analysis of physical evidence in criminal investigations often prove to be vitally important to the adjudication of the case. The importance placed on this type of evidence requires the investigating agency to treat the evidence with the utmost care in order to obtain accurate examination results. The Birmingham Police Department utilizes an Evidence Technician Unit, Latent Print Identification Unit, Firearm & Tool Mark Unit, and Photographic Lab (hereafter referred to collectively as Crime Lab) dedicated to the identification, documentation, recovery, maintenance, and analysis of physical evidence. This initiative will provide the Birmingham Police Department the means to meet the challenges before it.