Monroe County will receive a $71,622 grant from the Department of Justice’s Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant program.
The money will be used to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services by replacing an obsolete computed radiology system, transitioning from paper to digital death scene documentation, providing continuing education for pathologists and investigators, as well as provide supplies for the collection and retention of DNA samples.
“Keeping our communities safe is job number one,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer said in a release. “This investment will keep Monroe’s medical examiner on the cutting edge to improve turnaround time for the analysis of forensic evidence that our law enforcement officials need to identify and prosecute crimes in Monroe County.”
The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant program furthers the Justice Department’s mission by providing state and local governments with tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice. Specifically, the program is to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services, including services provided by laboratories operated by states and local governments.