Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $366,678)
The San Francisco Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory (SFPD Crime Lab) is the agency that is responsible for analyzing evidential material associated with criminal investigations for the local law enforcement agencies. The SFPD has one crime lab that primarily services the City and County of San Francisco Police Department, as well as the Sheriff's Department and other local law enforcement agencies operating within the City and County of San Francisco.
The SFPD is facing budgetary constraints related to its operational budget for equipment purchases, laboratory instruments and training. The Federal funding from this award will be used for the following goals:
1. Upgrade existing Genemapper IDX analysis software to version 1.6 to allow for Windows 10 environment and faster network speeds.
2. Purchase 10 label makers to create tube and reagent labels in screening and DNA.
3. Purchase 10 Surface Tablets for electronic note taking.
4. Purchase 10 thermomixers for DNA extraction.
5. Purchase PACE software for determining number of contributors to a mixture.
6. Purchase Mideo software for electronic notetaking in screening.
7. Providing the continuing education required for each DNA analyst.
The SFPD can expect to reduce the DNA backlog by increasing efficiency and optimizing the case turn-around time. By the end of this award period, the turn-around time is expected to be reduced to 25 days or less.
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