INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 9, 2014) — Indianapolis Metropolitan police and the Indianapolis Marion County Forensic Services Agency will share in a quarter-million dollar federal grant to dive into the backlog of cold case homicides on the city’s books.
Some of those cases go back decades.
The Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) has been awarded a $1.26 million grant from the National Institute of Justice that will be used in part to buy additional DNA analyzing equipment. This equipment will enhance the Center’s capabilities, allowing it to process evidence more quickly and efficiently.
The money will also be used to train staff on the latest trends and technology in the field.
KENT COUNTY, MI – The Kent Metro Cold Case Team was awarded an $188,402 federal grant this week.
The 24-month award from the National Institute of Justice, titled “Solving Cold Cases with DNA,” will fund cold case homicide investigations that might be solved through DNA analysis, according to a release from the group.
WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Thursday renewing a soon to expire program that helps local governments cut their backlogs of unexamined DNA evidence in rape cases.
The program provides federal grants to state and local law enforcement agencies so they can speed their analyses of untested evidence kits. Experts say many thousands of such kits are languishing in communities around the country, including some that are many years old.
BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota is getting $200,000 in federal funding to help process DNA evidence at the state crime lab.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly $342,000 in federal funding is headed to the West Virginia State Police to improve the state forensic laboratory.
The funding announced by U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall will be used to update and purchase new technology, hire evidence technicians, and to continue the education and training of forensic analysts.
NIJ is now accepting applications from laboratories to conduct research on ways to improve the accuracy and timeliness of analyses of physical evidence in forensic science labs. Proposals should be for research, evaluation or validation projects that will:
1. Inform best practices through evaluation of the existing laboratory protocols.
2. Result in a validated method that may be replicated by other laboratories.
3. Have a direct and immediate impact on laboratory efficiency and assist in making laboratory policy decisions.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. — Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) announced a $312,865 Department of Justice grant for Westchester County’s Forensic Science Services on Monday.
The goal of the grant, provided through the DOJ’s DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program, is helping states and local governments increase existing crime laboratories’ capacity so they can analyze DNA samples more efficiently and cost effectively, reducing DNA evidence backlogs.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice has awarded $63,029 to the North Dakota attorney general’s office to improve forensic science and medical examiner services.
A federal agency within the Commerce Department is looking to give $20 million to fund a new forensic science research center.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Tuesday announced a competition for money to build the center, which will work on establishing “a firm scientific foundation” for key methods in the sciences.
About $41 million has been earmarked to help expedite the nationwide processing of rape kits, which preserve evidence of sexual assault, authorities said Tuesday.
Raleigh, N.C. — Major backlogs in the State Crime Lab keep growing because of a shortage of DNA analysts and scientists who test blood in drunken driving cases, state Attorney General Roy Cooper has said, and the delays have caused some criminal charges to be dismissed.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding under the FY 2014 NIJ DNA Arrestee Collection Process Implementation Grants Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by offering assistance to eligible States with existing designated DNA database laboratories to help defray the costs associated with the implementation of DNA arrestee collection processes, to improve the capacity of laboratories that conduct DNA analysis of DNA database samples.
Congress is poised to approve $41 million sought by the Obama administration to examine untested DNA evidence collected from rape victims and held by state and local police across the country.
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Thursday that $3 million has been budgeted by the state legislature to help fund sexual assault prosecutions.
Specifically, the money will be going toward “the ongoing effort to DNA test thousands of unprocessed sexual assault evidence kits.”