Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $314,372)
The Boston Police Department (BPD) project proposal under this grant seeks to continue the investigation of cold homicide cases through the application of enhanced forensic DNA technology. Resource constraints, however, limit our ability to address the sheer volume of cases and items needing DNA testing techniques beyond the capabilities of the BPD Crime Lab. NIJ funds will allow us to continue to significantly increase the number of unsolved cold homicide cases identified and reviewed for DNA evidence, as well as the Crime Lab's ability to identify and confirm suspects for prosecution. The BPD proposes to review 500 cases with the requested funding.