Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $407,449)
The Kent Metro Cold Case Team will utilize grant funding for the following allowable activities in order to meet the proposed objectives: (1) overtime for investigative team members; (2) travel assistance for investigative purposes, extradition and training seminars; (3) computer equipment and supplies to aid investigative efforts; (4) cost for outsourcing to private accredited laboratories for DNA analysis; and (5) contractor services to support investigative efforts. All eligible profiles obtained through this initiative will be uploaded into (CODIS). The Michigan State Police crime laboratory and the Kent Metro Cold Case Team currently work closely together on all evidence submitted. The DNA supervisor at the Michigan State Police laboratory is consulted on each case and provides direction on the appropriate analysis needed for the evidence submitted. Upon receipt of a DNA profile, that profile is uploaded into the (CODIS) database and the Michigan State Police crime laboratory continues to work closely with the Cold Case Team and the Kent County Prosecutor's Office to prepare the case for prosecution.