SAN JUAN – US Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announced Wednesday $ 844,543 in grants from the Department of Justice to the Puerto Rico Institute of Forensic Sciences to fund criminal laboratories, decrease DNA backlogs, support basic and applied forensic investigation, and help law enforcement agencies to identify missing persons.
The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, are part of $ 192 million in funding to promote forensic science across the country.
“Advances in forensic science have provided investigators with an extraordinary array of tools that can be used to solve crimes and provide responses to victims and survivors, often after many years and even decades,” said Deputy Chief Assistant Attorney General for OJP Katharine Sullivan in written communication. These investments in crime fighting technology, from DNA analysis to drug toxicology to forensic anthropology, will help identify and convict perpetrators, ensure justice for innocent victims, and keep communities safe by deter future criminal activities, ”he added.
“The Department of Justice remains committed to promoting the use of forensic science and continues to make important recommendations on this integral component of our criminal justice system. Today’s announcement marks a further step in the department’s efforts to strengthen the practice of forensic science in our nation’s laboratories and courtrooms, ”said US Attorney Muldrow.
“We continually seek ways to ensure that forensic evidence is collected, analyzed and presented in a responsible and scientifically rigorous manner. This grant money provides additional resources to an important and valuable partner in our ongoing efforts to reduce crime in Puerto Rico: the Puerto Rico Institute of Forensic Sciences, ”he added.
Since 2004, the Office of Justice Programs has received an annual allocation for DNA and other forensic science activities. Funding, administered through OJP’s Office of Judicial Assistance and the National Institute of Justice, supports DNA analysis, improved laboratory capacity, and forensic science research that provide insights and tools to improve quality. and the practice of forensic science.