Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $415,829)
The purpose of this application is to continue and complete our interagency project to identify, evaluate, and investigate violent cold case crimes capable of being solved with DNA evidence in Jackson County, Missouri. The ultimate objectives for the 2012 Solving Cold Cases with DNA Project will be to protect the community, seek justice for violent crime victims, and hold the guilty accountable. These objectives will be accomplished through an established, cooperative, and exemplary interagency model that includes systematic and comprehensive case review, evaluation, and post-hit investigation. The grant-funded employees of the POCCU will consist of 2 Cold Case Analysts, a Cold Case Investigator, and a Cold Case Paralegal. This grantee proposes to review and investigate the 2,545 remaining violent cold case crimes in their jurisdiction with the requested funds.
- Quantifying the accuracy of low-quality DNA sample analysis from genotyping to genealogical searching and integration as a bioinformatic pipeline
- Enhanced Ignitable Liquid and Substrate Database Functionality for Improved Casework and Research.
- Improving Hate Crime Reporting among LGBTQ+ Populations