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Every minute that a crime remains unsolved is time for someone else to become a victim. Imagine what can happen when DNA testing takes only minutes, instead of days, weeks, or even months. 

Rapid DNA testing can help generate valuable investigative leads and ensure all lawfully owed arrestee DNA is entered and searched against the national DNA database, while a suspect is in custody to solve and prevent crimes. Rapid DNA testing can help identify victims and reunite families, providing answers to those who are missing loved ones.  

An essential tool that can improve public safety and save valuable time and resources, below are eight funding programs that support the purchase and implementation of rapid DNA analysis tools.
An essential tool that can improve public safety and save valuable time and resources, below are eight funding programs that support the purchase and implementation of rapid DNA analysis tools.

An essential tool that can improve public safety and save valuable time and resources, below are eight funding programs that support the purchase and implementation of rapid DNA analysis tools:

1.  Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF)

Supports state and local governmental agencies’ response to and recovery from the coronavirus crisis including public safety expenditures for violence prevention and response.

Categories: capital expenditures, services, and personnel that prevent and respond to violence including Rapid DNA and IT upgrades for Rapid DNA booking enrollment.

2.  Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)

US Department of Justice (DOJ) funding for states, tribes, and local governments.

Categories funded: planning, evaluation, technology improvements (rapid DNA at booking), training related to law enforcement, corrections programs related to crime prevention, and response.

3.  Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

US DOJ funding for states, tribes, and local governments to reduce violent crime.

Categories funded: collection, technology, resources, and training to support offender DNA processing/upload at booking, and unsubmitted/untested  sexual assault evidence processing.

4. Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement

Bureau of Justice funding for state/local crime laboratories, law enforcement, and medical examiners to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services, and eliminate backlogs.

Categories funded: contractual service, equipment and supplies, personnel, travel, and others

5.  State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)

A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program that assists state, local, tribal, and territorial efforts to build, sustain, and deliver the capabilities necessary to prevent, prepare for, protect against, and respond to acts of terrorism and meet State Homeland Security and preparedness goals.

Categories funded: equipment, supplies, services, personnel, and training

6.  Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)

FEMA funding for high-threat, high-density urban areas to prepare for and protect against threats or acts of terrorism, and enable continuous operation of critical functions, including those essential to human health and safety

Categories funded: equipment, supplies, services, personnel, training, travel, and others

Eligibility: city, township, county, and state government

7.  Emergency Management Per formance Grant (EMPG)

FEMA funding to assist state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from all hazards.

Categories funded: equipment, supplies, services, personnel, training, travel, and others

8.  Community Funding Project

Federal funding available annually through application to congressional delegation. Grants do not require matching funds, but successful applicants will have community focus and be able to demonstrate community interest in the application. Fiscal year 2022 criminal justice technology awards ranged from $25,000 to $8 million—with a majority of awards for projects costing from $300,000 to $800,000.

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Securing funding to support your agency’s goals can be challenging to navigate. Thermo Fisher Scientific has partnered with grants consultants from PoliceGrantsHelp.com to help your agency navigate grant resources specific to rapid DNA identification projects.

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