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September 30, 2015
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Announces Federal Award to Improve Forensic Sciences for Law Enforcement
Harrisburg, PA. — The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) announced the receipt of over $305,000 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Justice to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic services throughout Pennsylvania. These funds will go to forensic science service providers to assist with obtaining and maintaining their accreditations.
“Forensic science plays a critical role in modern law enforcement,” Chairman Josh Shapiro said.  “These funds will help ensure that Pennsylvania stays on the leading edge of forensic science which is directly linked to the finding and prosecuting of criminals.”
PCCD intends to release a competitive solicitation to forensic science providers in the Commonwealth who specialize in biological evidence, analysis of controlled substances, crime scene investigation, shoeprint and tire track evidence, toolmark and firearms identification, analysis of explosive evidence, digital and multimedia analysis, as well as other forensic science disciplines. Ensuring that agencies that provide these services are accredited will lead to improved compliance with industry best practices and improves the quality of their services.
Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed added, “The funds that we in Cumberland County receive from PCCD in support of our forensic programs have been a tremendous help. Our forensic efforts are designed to make us more efficient in dealing with the main drivers of business in our Criminal Courts. With PCCD's help we have created a one stop shop for drug and DUI cases, reduced costs and saved court time.”
In addition, funds will be used to support the certification of forensic specialists. This will allow forensic science providers to increase the competency of their employees in designated fields. Priority will be given to those agencies that have or are currently completing accreditation.
“Forensic certification leads to improved services and capabilities,” Shapiro said.  “In addition, it assists in having these technicians recognized as experts in the court room.”
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