Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $176,444)
Building upon work to review cold cases that was initiated in January 2009 with funding from the NIJ, the BCoPD will continue its review and investigation of violent cold cases. Funding of the Solving Cold Cases With DNA Project will provide continued support to two units located in the Department's Criminal Investigations Division - Persons Crimes Section: the Homicide Unit and the Support Services Unit. Overtime and travel funding will enable detectives to pursue leads in open cold cases that involve sexual assaults and homicides. The BCoPD also requests funding for detectives to attend courses and conferences which offer training on a range of topics relevant to cold case investigation. New techniques, information, and skills from these training opportunities will enhance investigative abilities and be utilized to train other detectives in the Persons Crimes Section. Funding is also requested to outsource the appropriate biological evidence as determined by the Persons Crimes Section detectives in cooperation with the Department's Forensic Services Section Biology Unit.