Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $392,983)
The Pima County Sheriff's Department Cold Case Unit will use the federal funds to: review and prioritize the remaining 35 original existing Cold Cases, as well as the cases (approximately 60) that were recently transferred from the Homicide Unit and fall within our prescribed guidelines, submit all cases that contain DNA related evidence to an approved Crime Laboratory for evaluation and profiling within 18-24 months, close 15% of the existing cases through prosecution, contact the victim's families in 40% of the remaining cold cases, and establish a clearing house for information and resources related to cold case investigations, DNA collection and use, and a missing person DNA database for Pima County. The members of the Cold Case Unit will also serve as a resource and expert investigative base to assist homicide and other serious offence teams via their specialized investigative skills in the resolution of criminal acts.
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