Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $192,955)
By means of this grant, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office (VCSO) proposes to continue an investigative team that will review and investigate cold homicides and other cold violent crimes within its jurisdiction. The Sheriff's Office will continue to employ two part-time investigators solely devoted to cold violent crime cases. As part of this effort, the Ventura County Sheriff's Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL) will designate a lead forensic scientist from its DNA section to assist the investigators in the assessment of the biological evidence and to assure its analysis. Hired through the grant, a DNA forensic laboratory technician will continue to analyze the current cold case caseload and the caseload generated as a result of the renewed investigation of cold cases. This team approach will enable local law enforcement to refocus on solving cold violent cases using the most recent advances in forensic DNA analysis.