Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $1,567,258)
The Los Angeles Police Departments (LAPD) Forensic Science Division (FSD) is a full-service crime laboratory. The lab's objectives for this project are to reduce the number of forensic DNA cases in backlog and decrease turnaround time for analysis of forensic DNA samples by purchasing instrumentation, increasing personnel hours for forensic DNA sample analysis, and training additional DNA analysts. By utilizing grant funds, the LAPD SDU expects to analyze approximately 760 DNA cases in-house within the 24-month performance period, to reduce the average turnaround time for serology/DNA cases by 5%, and increase analyst productivity by an average of 5%. Grant funds will allow Criminalists to receive training to meet required continuing education requirements and purchase DNA thermal cycler, DNA extraction/purification instruments, microscopes, automated liquid handler, and genetic profiling instruments to enhance and increase efficiency.