Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $310,000)
The Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory (NIRCL) is an intergovernmental laboratory that has been in existence since 1968 and has been performing DNA analysis since 1998. NIRCL is responsible for analyzing evidential material associated with criminal investigations for the majority of local agencies in Lake County, IL as well as in Cook, Will and McHenry counties in Illinois. NIRCLs goal is to provide the highest quality DNA analysis with the best turnaround time possible. NIRCL continues to see the demand for DNA analysis increase along with the number of case submissions causing budgetary constraints. Funding from this grant is imperative for the operation of the DNA section and will address these following goals: decrease the backlog by reducing the turn-around time of DNA analysis, purchase supplies and small equipment to maintain case flow and improve productivity and to provide required education for DNA analysts to stay abreast of current trends and technologies.