Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $247,092)
The 2015 Forensic DNA Backlog Reduction program is intended for increasing the throughput and timeliness of forensic analysis of evidence submitted to the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory Biological Sciences Section. This task is to be completed in three separate ways. First, capacity and efficiency will be maintained through the purchase of freezers to retain evidence DNA samples. This will permit continuation of our capacity to store frozen samples for defense inquiries. Second, funds will be used to outsource backlogged DNA samples to an accredited fee-for-service vendor laboratory for DNA Analysis. This will allow us to add DNA profiles to CODIS from no-suspect property crime cases that we are not able to analyze in-house due to a lack of staff. Third, contract employees will be hired to assist in the screening of backlogged biological evidence. This will ultimately lead to DNA analysis and CODIS entry of samples from backlogged cases that we are not able to analyze due to our manpower constraints.