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FY 2015 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program for the Orange County Crime Laboratory

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $358,919)

Funds from this grant will be used to address three main goals and associated objectives:

1)Decrease casework turnaround time (TAT) and increase DNA laboratory capacity by replacing an old liquid handling system, purchasing a new punch system for sampling DNA reference standards, and purchasing a probabilistic genotyping forensic software system to expand the number of cases that we will be able to provide statistical (probability) data for.

2)Provide required continuing education to DNA analysts

3)Reduce the backlog of unanalyzed forensic biology/DNA cases by analyzing a minimum of 45 backlogged sexual assault cases using grant funded overtime and purchased supplies.

By using the 2015 DNA program grant funds for the above goals, the Orange County Crime Laboratory will be able to increase its capacity and reduce turnaround times by utilizing new liquid handler technology and implementing a semi-automatic punch system to sample DNA reference standards. The laboratory will increase its ability to interpret and provide probability statistics for difficult DNA mixtures in casework by introducing a new probabilistic genotyping forensic software system. The laboratory expects to receive an increase in the number of sexual assault kits submitted beginning January 1, 2016 due to the passage of California’s AB 1517 “Rape Kit” bill. Grant funded overtime and reagents will help minimize the number of backlogged rape kits. Continuing education funded by the grant will provide DNA analysts the opportunity to learn about new technology and instrumentation which can then be purchased and implemented in the laboratory.


Date Created: September 13, 2015