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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2005

Schumer Announces Over $65,000 for Monroe County in Forensic Science Funding

Federal Funds Awarded as Part of National Institute of Justice’s Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $65,495 for the Monroe County Public Safety Laboratory to help improve forensic science services. The award is part of the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program.

“This program is critical for Greater Rochester,” Schumer said. “Forensic evidence can provide law enforcement with the information they need to put more criminals behind bars and to keeping our communities safe. These funds will eliminate backlogs and make sure forensic scientists have the latest technology and resources they need.”

The Monroe County Public Safety Laboratory is a regional facility that serves the following counties in Western New York: Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates. The laboratory analyzes a wide variety of material to be used in evidence in criminal cases. The lab will use the grant for a variety of purposes, including: overtime pay for firearms and trace examiners in order to reduce case backlogs, expansion of the firearms reference collection, a microscope to aide in drug analysis, and hydrogen generators.

The National Institute of Justice is the research, development, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program provides funds to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services. The federal funds will be used for forensic science tools and techniques including investigation of controlled substances, firearms examination, forensic pathology, latent prints, questioned documents, toxicology and trace evidence.

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