Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $321,789)
The Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory (LSPCL) is the largest accredited DNA laboratory in the State of Louisiana and serves as the states CODIS laboratory. In an effort to provide timely and accurate service to agencies submitting DNA evidence, LSPCL must increase their current level of capacity. The goals of the projects funded by this grant are: 1) Reduce forensic and database DNA case/sample turnaround time; 2) Increase the throughput; and 3) Increase the knowledge of staff in current and future technologies to enhance the capabilities of the lab. LSPCL intends to achieve the above listed goals by providing overtime to analysts to process additional cases and CODIS samples, replacing outdated equipment, purchasing additional and new equipment, and attending training to increase knowledge of the staff. Providing additional equipment and replacing aging equipment will allow LSPCL to increase its capacity and decrease the backlog.