Westchester locks up over $300,000 for DNA analysis labs

WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County has been awarded $303,493 from the US Department of Justice that will enable county law enforcement labs to efficiently process DNA samples found at crime scenes and work to reduce the backlog of DNA that is awaiting analysis.

“Our criminal justice system has come to rely heavily on DNA analysis as a critical tool for generating new leads, closing cases and correcting efforts at crime scenes,” said County Executive George Latimer. The funding “will go a long way toward improving the speed and efficiency of our labs while reducing our backlog of unprocessed samples.”

Congresswoman Nita Lowey secured the grant for the county.

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