Filed under Testing on 9/12/2011 by Author: .
|Grant to Police Crime Lab Will Help Eliminate DNA backlog
The National Institute of Justice provided a federal grant of $272,000 that will help the Columbus Ohio police crime lab handle DNA testing more quickly and eliminate some of the backlog. The grant will pay for training, overtime and supplies for the city's five DNA analysts. The crime lab currently has a five-month backlog, which is not unusual for police departments. Usually about 500 cases are waiting for a forensic technician, but law enforcement and prosecutors agreed that violent crimes and those going to trial get precedence.