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2009 Crime Lab Grant Dollar Request Abstract

2009 Crime Lab Grant Dollar Request Abstract

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ProgramAbstract-Category5-EnhancingForensicandCrimeSceneInvestigationsApplicant-ChiefJohn
M.
Harrington-SaintPaulPoliceDepartmentTitle:2009SPPDCrimeLabCapabilityandCapacityExpansionandEnhancementGrantdollaramountrequested-$1,677,200.28Goal:Thegoalfortheuseofthisgrantfundingistodetectandreduceviolentcrimeinourcitythroughtheuseofexpanded,enhanced,andupgradedlabcapabilities,equipment,andstaff.Strategies:Wewillusegrantfundstoadd2newswornstaffand3newcivilianstafftoincreaseourcapabilityandcapacitytorespondto,andprocess,crimesscenesandevidenceinthelab.The2newswornstaffwillalsohelpwithsuccessionplanningbytrainingtoreplace2ofourcurrentswornstaffwhoareeligibletoretirewithinthenext2years.WewilladdoneCrimeLabEvidenceCoordinatortomanagetheflowofevidenceandinformationbetweenourlabstaff,officers,theMNBCALab,andtheprosecutors.ToomuchofourcurrentlabstafftimeisspentrecoveringevidencefromthePropertyUnit,preppingevidenceforcourt,andpreparingreportswhichcouldbedonebyanevidencecoordinatorfreeingtheLabstafftofocusontestingandcomparingevidence.WewillusegrantfundstohireaDigitalEvidenceCoordinatortooverseeourconversiontodigitalphotography(mostequipmentpurchased-notdeployedyet),ourincarcameraandlicenseplaterecognitionsystems,andtospeedupprocessingofdigitalvideo/photoevidencewhichhasgonefrom"0"casesin2003to"496"in2008.Digitalevidenceincreaseseveryday,andwillcontinuetodosointhefuture.Wewillusesomegrantfundstoreplaceouroutdatedprimarylabvehicle,replacesomefailingequipment,upgradesomeequipment,andaddnewequipmenttoincreaseourcapabilitiestoidentifysuspectsandsolvecrimes.WewillusegrantfundstofundtwoDNAAnalystsattheMNBCACrimeLabtospeedupprocessingofourdepartment'sDNAevidence(particularlygunDNAcases)andexpandthetypesofevidencewecanexamineforDNA(wecurrentlydonotsendpropertycrimestotheBCAforexamination).Wecurrentlyhaveabouta12monthwaitforDNAsampletestingfromnon-homicideguncases.Listofdeliverables:Comparequarterlytopriorreportperiods(beforeandduringgrant):
1.
Thenumberofreportedhomicidesandaggravatedassaults.2.Thenumberofcaseschargedintheabovecategories.3.Thenumberofscenesrespondedtobylabstaff.4.Thenumberstaffattendingforensicskillsclassesusinggrantfunds.5.Thenumberofdrugcasesprocessed,andthe(expected)%decreaseintimetodeliverresults.6.The
#
ofDNAcasessubmittedtotheBCA,andthe(expected)%decreaseinprocessingtime.7.The
#
ofgunDNAcasessubmitted,andthe(expected)%decreaseintimetoreceiveresults.8.The
#
ofdigitalevidencecases,andtheamountoftimetoreceiveresults/produceevidence.9.The
#
ofDNApropertycrimecasessubmittedfortesting,andtimetoreceivetestresults.10.TheRecoveryActPerformanceMeasuresforCategory5grants.CoordinationPlans:WewillformapartnershipwiththeMNBeA-byadding2stafferstotheirDNAlab(dedicatedtoSPPD),wewilldecreasetheir(andour)backlogs,andgetcriminalschargedfaster,and"innocents"excludedfaster.WewillpartnerevenmorecloselywiththeRamseyCountyAttorney'sofficeinprosecutionofviolentcrimesandpropertycrimeswithDNAevidence,andwilldelivermorephysicalevidencefromallcrimescenesfortheprosecutionofcriminalcases.
 
ProgramNarrative-Category5-EnhancingForensicandCrimeSceneInvestigationsTitle:2009SPPDCrimeLabCapabilityandCapacityExpansionandEnhancement1.Statementoftheproblem:TheSaintPaulPoliceDept.(SPPD)CrimeLabisseriouslyunderstaffed,withaverylargeandgrowingworkload.Thedemandforlabserviceshasgoneupdramatically,withnewrequestsinareasinwhichwearenotadequatelyequipped,staffed,ortrainedtohandle.Weworkwithslower,oldequipment,oneseverelyoutdatedandbreakdown-pronelabvehicle,andequipmentinneedofrepairsandupgradestokeepupwiththelatesttechnologyandtechniques.Ourdepartmenthasbeenforcedtoshrinkbyabout45officers(outof615total)tobalanceourbudget,andeconomicconditionsmakeitlikelythatviolentcrimewillrise,andtheneedforlabserviceswillgoupasmoreviolentcrimescenesneedprocessing,evidencecollection,andexaminationtosolvethesecrimes.Arecentvisittoourlabbyscientistsfromthe3MCorporationobservedourequipmentandstaffinginlightofthecurrentworkload.Theirrecommendationsweretodoublethestafftohandletheworkload,andadd,replaceorupgradeequipment.Thecurrentstaffof3swornofficersand3civiliancriminalistsand
I
empgrantfundedciviliancriminalistarerequiredtore-prioritizetheworkloadeveryday(andsometimesmultipletimesaday)toensurethatworkis
;
completedforcourtproceedings,timelytestingofnarcotics,andtimelysubmissionofevidencetotheBCAforDNAorfirearmsanalysis.Thereisnotimeforresearchbystaffasrecommended
by
ASCLDandtrainingopportunitiesarelimitedbyworkloadstaffingrequirements.TheMinnesotaBCAhasafirstrateDNAlab,butduetogrowingdemandforservices,theyhavebacklogsinmanyareas.WewaitaslongasayearforDNAteststocomebackonnonhomicidegunassaultandpossessioncases.Manyofthesegunsarefoundonthefloorboardsofcarswithconvictedfelonssittingabovethem.OurprosecutorsrequireDNAresultstochargethesefelons.Manyofthefelonsareveryviolent,andcontributetothenumberofaggravated
10fS
 
assaultsandhomicidesinourcity.FasterresultsfromtheBCADNAlabwithdedicatedstaffforSPPDcaseswouldhelpgreatlyinspeedingupthechargingandprosecutionandremovalofthesedangerousindividualsfromourstreets.ThelabissorelypressedbythegrowthinvolumeofevidencerequiringexaminationandgatheringofDNAsamplesforpreparationandsubmissiontotheBCA.Herearesomeexamples:200320042005200620072008Proj2009Labcallout6565161134124160165Narcotested450918,29923,67126,19335,64623,73537,809Gunsexam216322361423729602755VideolDigital02159279269496876Totalitems13,79032,14142,90435,84347,51643,80960,160Theprojectedincreasefor2009inallcategories,andtheexplosivegrowthinvideo/digitalcasesisparticularlyalarminginlightoflimitedcapacitiesandstaffing.WearecurrentlyunabletoprocessallfirearmsforDNAevidence-weprocessallhandguns,butnotevenallhandgunsamplesrecoveredgototheBCAforDNAtesting.Ourcrimelabvehicleisa1989Fordboxtruckwhichisriddledwithmajorandminorequipmentfailures.
It
can'tberemovedfromserviceforrepairformorethanadayasthereisnobackupvehicle(thecurrenttruckwouldbeanacceptablebackupvehicle).Ifthelabtruckhasamajorbreakdown,wehavelimitedmajorandlormultiplecrimesceneresponsecapability.Therearesecurityandprivacyissues.Atseveralrecentcrimescenes,themediahavemanagedtocaptureimagesofpeopleandcrimesceneevidenceinsideofthetruckthroughthewindshieldandreardoors.ForensicadvancementsandtechnologicalrequirementshavecreatedaneedforanupdatedMobileLab.Thecurrentlabtruckhasnodedicatedevidencestoragespacewithlockingevidencestorage;nosafe/ventilatedbiohazardandnoxiousevidencestorage;norefrigerationcapabilitytopreserveevidence;noworkspace/desktoptoexamineevidence,preparereportsandscenediagrams;nocapability(orworkarea)toview,review,ordownload
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