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NIJ FY16 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program-DE DFS

Award Information

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Funding Category
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $325,585)

The Division of Forensic Science is the agency that is responsible for analyzing evidential material associated with criminal investigations for all state and local law enforcement agencies and medical examiners within the state of Delaware. Delaware Code (Title 29, Chapter 47) designates the DE DFS as the agency responsible for conducting DNA analysis on DNA samples collected by the Delaware Department of Corrections from all convicted felons; the DE DFS is responsible for storing and maintaining the resultant DNA profiles in the Delaware State DNA Index System.
The state of Delaware has seen an increase in the number of cases submitted to the DFS-DNA unit for DNA analysis. Although the caseload has increased, the amount of resources has not. There exists a backlog of cases in our unit as a result. With the funds from this project we expect to achieve the following:
1. Reducing the forensic DNA case backlog through the purchasing new equipment and supplies.
2. Reducing the DNA database sample backlog through the purchasing new equipment and supplies.
3. Providing the required continuing education for each analyst.
The DE DFS - DNA Unit can expect to reduce the DNA case backlog by at least 160 cases by the end of the award period. The agency also expects to work at least 1,200 DNA database samples using Federal funding. The turnaround time is expected to be reduced to 90 days or less, and the analyst throughput in the casework sections is expected to increase. nca/ncf

Date Created: September 7, 2016