Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,128,519)
The proposed Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD's) Solving Cold Cases with DNA Program will focus on the review and prioritization of 800 'cold' homicides through the retrieval and evaluation of biological evidence likely to yield results. Last year under previous funding, 758 cases were evaluated. Detectives will work closely with Criminalists in the LAPD laboratory, Medical Examiners from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiners Office, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's and City of Los Angeles Attorney's Offices. A team approach is intended to provide institutional as well as general perspective, while fostering new, innovative approaches.