Daily Archives: September 12, 2016

Fifteen years after 9/11, NYC Medical Examiner still works to identify victims, bring families closure

ocme-1The city Medical Examiner’s Office’s continued efforts to identify the remains of 9/11 victims has advanced the science behind DNA testing — and created techniques that have helped cops across the country identify human remains, according to Mark Desire, Assistant Director of the city Medical Examiner’s Department of Forensic Biology.

Department Of Justice Invests $63 Million In Nation’s Crime Labs

Justice DeptWASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today announced awards of more than $63 million to 132 states and local jurisdictions to increase laboratory capacity and reduce the number of DNA samples awaiting analysis.
“The DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program continues to be a vital source of funding to state and local Crime Laboratories. This funding not only allows these labs to get the additional resources they need to keep up with increasing demand, it also allows them to implement new technologies and protocols that help increase the speed and efficiency of DNA testing, thus getting investigative leads to law enforcement faster,” said Nancy Rodriguez, NIJ Director.