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Cold Case Enhanced Investigative Project (CCEIP)

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $213,575)

The purpose of these funds will be used for the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD), as part of the Kent Metropolitan Area Cold Case Team (KMACCT), to expand its ability to investigate unsolved homicides from the Kent County area through the Cold Case Enhanced Investigative Project (CCEIP). The project will begin with the review of over 120 open cold homicides. With grant funding, up to twelve cases could be solved with the addition of DNA analysis. A prosecutor will work very closely with detectives to determine when sufficient evidence is available to issue an arrest warrant. Between the years of 2000 and 2006, the GRPD team was able to solve seventeen cold homicide cases. DNA analysis was crucial to several of these cases. New arrests were made in seven cases, resulting in ten persons convicted and sentenced to prison. The remaining cases were closed exceptionally due to the killer already sentenced to prison for another homicide or because the killer was deceased. Since November 2006, three additional cases have been solved. The GRPD has proven experience in solving cold cases using DNA with a solid team approach that includes police, forensic services, and prosecutors. Proposal outlines specific performance goals and measures that are reasonable and achievable.

Date Created: September 11, 2008