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Coverdell 15 NIJ

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $50,011)

There are three main problems we are going to address with the awarded funds: lack of training in shooting scene analysis; lack of equipment and training in utilization of 3D scanner equipment; and, lack of clean area for the collection of DNA evidence.

The project goals and objectives are as follows: 1. provide shooting scene documentation and analysis training to field analysts in order to maximize the quality of work produced for our customers; 2. provide detailed diagrams and usable data to customers from FARO scans at crime scenes; 3. limit possibility of DNA contamination by analysts due to lack of clean space in the lab.

The programs require hiring two outside entities to provide training in Shooting Scene analysis and FARO rendering. The department will host both trainings, significantly reducing the costs. Additionally, a computer with specific requirements and new or updated software are needed to utilize the FARO data. The purchase of a PCR Workstation Dead Air Box will limit the possibility of analyst contamination by providing a clean space for swab collection from evidence.

The anticipated outcomes are as listed: 1. Increase documentation of Shooting scenes to the point where a reconstruction could be performed from the collected data; 2. Have the ability to provide rendered images and 3D models of crime scenes for our customers; 3. Limit analyst contamination of DNA swabs.


Date Created: September 16, 2015