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Accession Number PB2013-103823
Title Denver DNA Efficiency Improvement Project, FY 2008.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 97p
Personal Author G. S. LaBerge L. R. Horvat S. G. Berdine
Abstract STR DNA analysis began at the Denver Police Department Crime laboratory in 1999. Due to many individual case successes and programs, demand for DNA services soared, and between 2000 to 2011 the Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory's DNA Unit experienced a 228% increase in case submissions due to successful projects such as the 2005 2007 DNA Expansion Demonstration (expanding the use of DNA in solving burglaries in Denver) and Solving Cold Cases with DNA projects funded by the National Institute of Justice. In October 2009, the laboratory was awarded $138,005 in funding from the National Institute of Justice DNA Efficiency Improvement Program. The goals of Denvers project were to: (1) Use specialized software to create a simulated model of the workflow of the Forensic Biology/DNA Unit, and subsequently identify areas for efficiency improvements and (2) Draw on employee input and a teamwork approach to identify and implement additional efficiency improvements. The ultimate goals of the efficiency gains were to decrease the backlog and turnaround time of DNA cases. Using these funds, the laboratory hired a full time project manager and purchased simulation software called Simul8. The DNA Efficiency Improvement Project Manager built a model or process map in Simul8 with input from DNA Unit personnel.
Keywords Computer technology
Criminal investigations
Criminal justice
Deoxyribonucleic acid(DNA)
Forensic science
Laboratory tests
Law enforcement
Legal aspects

Source Agency Office of Justice Programs.
NTIS Subject Category 91C - Fire Services, Law Enforcement, & Criminal Justice
43D - Police, Fire, & Emergency Services
57F - Cytology, Genetics, & Molecular Biology
Corporate Author National Inst. of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Justice Programs.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final tech rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1309
Contract Number 2009-DN-BX-K001

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