Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $306,542)
The Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory is responsible for the analysis of evidentiary material associated with criminal investigations and death investigations for the criminal justice community of Pinellas County, Florida. In order to maintain a high level of service to all agencies operating within the county, Pinellas County is requesting funding from this award for the following goals and objectives: 1) Maintain the capacity of the biology unit of the laboratory by continuing to fund additional analysts (one full time and one part time) to perform casework related duties including analysis and technical review; 2) increase casework capability and efficiency with additional equipment (thermocyclers, robotics); and 3) upgrade existing equipment to better utilize features necessary for probabilistic genotyping.
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