SAKI awarded the Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) a $974,066 grant in FY2018. With this funding, WCSO created an Owed DNA Unit to identify more than 1,000 offenders who owe a DNA sample for the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). After completion of backlog testing, WCSO hopes to obtain CODIS hits from those who owe DNA swabs and reopen many of the unsolved cases. Additionally, the grant money will go toward hiring new staff members to assist in obtaining, submitting, analyzing, and tracking DNA swabs from these offenders.
Since receiving their grant in FY2018, WCSO has created a Lawfully Owed DNA handbook and has mailed over 500 certified letters requesting the collection of lawfully owed DNA samples. WCSO has entered over 466 samples into the CODIS database and has received 64 CODIS hits. In addition, the site is working to develop a personal computer and smartphone application by using a software kit provided by Integrated Biometrics. The app will allow collected thumbprints to populate DNA collection cards, and a database will house all of the collected data for WCSO to review.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2018||$974,066||Expansion of DNA Databases to Assist with Sexual Assault Investigations and Prosecutions: Collection of Lawfully Owed DNA from Convicted Offenders and Arrestee DNA Collections|
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Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.