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2012 Solving Cold Cases With DNA

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Awardee County
Los Angeles
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $500,000)

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has based its strategy on the simple premise that detectives takes an average of five (5) hours to review and investigate a cold case to determine the availability of biological evidence, suspects, witnesses, and/or other corroborating evidence. During the requested 18-month grant period, using $141,750 in overtime funds supplied by the grant, Detectives will review and complete related investigations on approximately 350 cases during periods after their regular work hours and/or on their days off. In addition, the Scientific Investigation Division (SID), LAPD, will utilize $272,900 from the grant award for the testing of DNA samples by DNA contract laboratory vendors, in an effort to identify perpetrators. There will also be an expenditure of $65,100 in overtime to compensate SID personnel for retrieval of evidence and required preparation of the DNA samples prior to testing and shipping. Investigative travel for the purpose of determining the existence of available DNA samples associated with a cold case will cost $3,770.


Date Created: August 27, 2012