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File #: 2736-2018    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 9/26/2018 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 12/10/2018 Final action: 12/13/2018
Title: To authorize and direct the Mayor of the City of Columbus to accept a FY 2018 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program award from the National Institute of Justice; to authorize a Crime Lab Forensic Scientist III as the official city representative to act in connection with this grant; to authorize an appropriation of $265,033.00 from the unappropriated balance of the General Government Grant Fund to the Division of Police to cover the cost of the FY 2018 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program Grant activities and expenditures; and to declare an emergency. ($265,033.00)
Attachments: 1. FY 2018 DNA Funding Strings for legislation, 2. FY2018 DNA Backlog Reduction Grant Award Letter
Explanation

BACKGROUND: The Division of Police was awarded funding through the FY 2018 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program from the National Institute of Justice. This federally supported program seeks to improve the infrastructure and analysis capacity of existing state and local crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis so they can process DNA samples efficiently and cost effectively. Funds have been awarded for DNA equipment, analysis supplies, and training analysts in the latest technologies in this ever-evolving field. The cost breakdown for this grant award is as follows: DNA testing supplies $250,183.00 and travel/training $14,850.00.

The official city program contact authorized to act in connection with this $265,033.00 grant is Crime Lab Forensic Scientist III, Emma Becker. The grant award start date is January 1, 2019 and ends December 31, 2020.

Emergency Designation: Emergency legislation is necessary to make the funds available as soon as possible for the grant award, effective as of January 1, 2019.

FISCAL IMPACT: This ordinance authorizes an acceptance of the $265,033.00 grant award and the appropriation of those funds from the National Institute of Justice to improve DNA analysis. The City of Columbus received an award of $210,159.00 in 2015, $271,726.00 in 2016 and $265,127.00 in 2017. No matching funds are required and all grant expenditures will be reimbursed by the grant awarded funding.

Title

To authorize and direct the Mayor of the City of Columbus to accept a FY 2018 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program award from the National Institute of Justice; to authorize a Crime Lab Forensic Scientist III as the official city representative to act in connection with this grant; to authorize an appropriation of $265,033.00 from the unappropriated balance of the General Government Grant Fund to the Division of Police to cover the cost of the FY 2018 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction P...

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