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City Council Accepts Federal Grants to Reduce Backlogged DNA Tests, Sexual Assault Kits; Approves Airport Terminal Lobby Expansion Plans
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 23, 2017) – The Charlotte City Council has approved $1.1 million in grant funding to provide more forensic testing for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) and authorized $25.2 million in expansion contracts at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Grants
A federal grant will assist the CMPD Crime Laboratory Division in working to solve prior crimes. Testing will focus on sexual assault kits that were collected before advancements in DNA testing. Results will be compared to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), a federal database of DNA identities, in hopes of finding a CODIS match. This grant will run through Sept. 30, 2020.
The DOJ National Sexual Assault Initiative Grant for $837,342 will be used to:
- Outsource 600 partially tested kits to an accredited lab
- Purchase two laptops for part-time sexual assault unit detectives
- Hire one part-time former assistant district attorney for 1,040 hours annually to research and prepare cases for prosecution
- Lease one vehicle to allow travel to area hospitals to deliver supplies and provide training to nurses/meet with victims
Another DOJ grant will help to decrease the backlog of cases with DNA evidence. This two-year grant will allow the CMPD biology unit to process more DNA samples.
Department of Justice DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program Grant for $331,814 will be used for:
- Part of federal DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program
- Funding four existing positions
- Helping to address increasing demands for DNA testing
Airport Terminal Lobby Expansion
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is moving forward with plans to expand its terminal lobby after the city council approval of a pair of construction contracts.
The contracts include:
- $21,750,000 for an engineering design services contract
- $3.5 million for a preconstruction services contract.
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