Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $430,000)
In 2015, the Columbus Police Crime Laboratory moved into a new laboratory, but accumulated a large backlog of cases prior to that expansion. The backlog continued to grow while the laboratory focused on training and validation in the new space. While fully staffed, the laboratory is in need of expanded capabilities in multiple areas. The laboratory proposes purchasing and implementing several pieces of equipment to enable faster evidence screening and more efficient and cost effective generation of DNA profiles.