Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $449,727)
The City of Tucson with use these grant funds to enhance and support the Tucson Police Department's Cold Case Unit's capacity to identify, review and prioritize homicide and sexual assault cold cases by identifying suspects through DNA analysis. The specific objectives are to 1) develop a Civilian Investigator position to assist the Cold Case Review team in the identification, review, and prioritization of violent crime cold cases with the greatest likelihood of successful prosecution using DNA analysis, 2) develop an investigative tracking and reporting system designed to inventory evidence and reports and provide analysis to each unsolved case, and 3) outsource biological evidence to 'fee for service' laboratories meeting DNA Quality Assurance Standards and to upload DNA profiles into CODIS.
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