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A Chicago Police Department initiative to resolve cold case homicides through comprehensive case reviews and use of current DNA technologies.

Award Information

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Congressional District
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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $499,565)

The City of Chicago has approximately 6,242 unresolved homicide cases, and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) proposes to utilize overtime hours for detectives and evidence coordinators to review and locate evidence as well as piggy-backing on a low-cost outsourcing contract held by the Illinois State Police with a private laboratory to test evidence in eligible cases. From 1997 to 2011, the CPD Cold Case Unit cleared 278 cases before it was decentralized and restructured. The new CPD Cold Case Unit proposes to review all 6,242 unresolved homicides and have evidence analyzed on at least 75 cases with the requested funding.


Date Created: August 29, 2012