Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $558,280)
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Crime laboratory provides PCR-STR DNA analysis on samples from crime scene evidence without cost to all law enforcement agencies within Missouri. The need for DNA analysis continues to increase at a rate greater than present funding and resources support. Our goal is to improve turnaround time, decrease backlogs and increase throughput.
The MSHP Laboratorys portion of Missouri available funds for 2013 for Part A. was calculated to be $558,280. This amount is based on the Highway Patrols portion (10,121 = 39.02%) of the States 26,784 UCR, Part 1 violent crimes reported to the FBI in 2013.
The Laboratory will use the awarded funds to purchase DNA reagents, supplies and amplification kits, for service, maintenance, and license for the DNA unit users to our existing STaCS DNA system, fund salaries and benefits for additional employees and fund training and travel to various conferences and workshops.
It is expected that once implemented, these improvements will increase throughput (samples per analyst per month), decrease backlogs, and reduce average turnaround.