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File #: 3375-2018    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/26/2018 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 Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program Grant 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 $430,000.00 from the unappropriated balance of the General Government Grant Fund to the Division of Police to cover the cost of the FY 2018 Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program Grant activities and expenditures; and to declare an emergency. ($430,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Grant Award Letter, Special Conditions & Summary, 2. Funding String ORD#3375-2018
Explanation

BACKGROUND: The Division of Police was awarded funding through the FY 2018 Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement (EICE) Program Grant award from the National Institute of Justice. This federally supported program seeks to support and enable long term solutions for more efficient processing, recording, screening, and analysis of forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples and to increase the capacity of public forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis. Funds have been awarded for DNA equipment, to include two (2) extraction instruments, one (1) screening instrument, three (3) quantification systems, and two (2) thermal cyclers. All expenditures for this grant award will be made from the equipment category.

The official city program contact authorized to act in connection with this $430,000.00 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 $430,000.00 grant award and the appropriation of those funds from the National Institute of Justice to aid in processing DNA samples more efficiently. This is the first year the Police Crime Lab has received this grant award. No matching funds are required and all grant expenditures will be reimbursed by the grant awarded funding.

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To authorize and direct the Mayor of the City of Columbus to accept a FY 2018 Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program Grant award from the National Institute of Justice; to authorize a Crime Lab Forensic Scientist III as the official city representative to act in connection wit...

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