Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $197,065)
The Denver Police Department (DPD) Crime Laboratory serves the City and County of Denver by using forensic technology to solve crime, thereby increasing public safety.
The DPD Crime Laboratory DNA and Forensic Biology (DNA-FBIO) will use federal support to achieve three goals: 1) To reduce the number of cases backlogged throughout the FY2017 grant period, 2) To increase laboratory capacity by employing a Forensic Laboratory Technician for 12 months and, 3) To fulfill continuing education requirements specified in the DNA Quality Assurance Standards for five DNA-FBIO analysts and staff.
The laboratory will meet these goals by way of the following objectives: 1) Provide forensic scientist overtime to support the forensic biology examination and in-house DNA processing, interpretation and review of 200 backlogged cases, 2) continue the employment of a Forensic Laboratory Technician to complete laboratory support duties and prepare samples for DNA analysis and, 3) provide training opportunities for five FBIO-DNA analysts and staff to meet their annual continued education requirements specified in the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories.
By implementing these measures, the DPD Crime Laboratory will target a significant backlog of all case types (including property crimes, sexual assaults and homicides) and comply with national quality assurance standards regarding continuing education.