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Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant FY 2016- Utah Department of Public Safety

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Salt Lake
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $78,235)

The Utah Bureau of Forensic Services (UBFS) is requesting $72,982 in 2016 Coverdell grant base/formula funds for the UBFS, Intermountain West Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (IWRCFL), and the Utah Bureau of Forensic Toxicology (UBFT). These three laboratories comprise the Utah state forensic laboratory system. The funding would be used to target three of our more pressing issues: manpower, equipment maintenance and training. Funding is requested to continue a part-time Program Specialist in the IWRCFL to help maintain or decrease the existing case backlog and turnaround time. To enhance accuracy of analyses, and avoid downtime and subsequent delays in testing, the UBFT would like to purchase a Nitrogen Generator, as well as consumables to perform necessary preventative maintenance procedures on the GCMS and LCMSMS instruments. Additionally, travel and training are requested by the UBFS and UBFT, so analysts can stay current in their respective disciplines and obtain (or maintain) certification in those disciplines. Utilizing Coverdell funds in these sections of the laboratory system will help to improve the quality, efficiency and timeliness of forensic science services for the State of Utah. nca/ncf

Date Created: September 18, 2016