Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $466,900)
Virginia State Police (VSP) is requesting funding to hire four part-time cold case analysts (referred to hereafter as analysts) who will conduct case reviews and identify potential biological evidence for DNA analysis; thereby, freeing investigators to concentrate on field investigative duties. The analysts will conduct these reviews for state and local law enforcement cases for a minimum of 286 cases. VSP is also requesting 440 hours of overtime pay for approximately 30 full-time special agents who will be responsible for assisting the analysts on case reviews and conducting follow-up investigations. Minimal computer equipment for the new part-time analysts is also requested. VSP will partner with the state's Department of Forensic Science (DFS) to analyze evidence in 150 of the reviewed cases, or as necessary.