Provide forensic services to the Alaskan community.
- Analysis and entry into the national database of DNA samples from convicted felons and qualifying arrestees.
- Training in evidence handling of law enforcement agencies.
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|A: Result - Timely scientific results available to the criminal justice system.|
Target #1: 90% of requests for laboratory service with a turnaround time less than 30 days
Percentage of State Crime Laboratory Service Requests Accomplished in Less than 30 Days
Analysis of results and challenges: Total requests do not include toxicology (outsourced), DNA database samples (reported under its own metric), or proficiency/training requests (internal requests necessary for the operation of the laboratory). Turnaround time is calculated as the time when a request for service is created until a scientific examination report is issued.
98% of Controlled Substance and 96% of Blood Alcohol Requests (47% of all requests for service) were completed in under 30 days.
The Latent Print Examination staff assisted the Records and Identification component for four months with processing fingerprint backlog due to shortage of staff available. This resulted in a 50% reduction in analyst time for latent print processing and examination. This negatively impacted the turnaround time of Latent Print requests, with only 43% of requests for analysis completed in less than 30 days.
Forensic Biology has changed its processes such that analysis that used to occur separately, with the generation of two scientific examination reports, now is performed as a single analysis. While overall more efficient, the total analysis time is typically 45 days, and as such a new metric will need to be developed specifically for Forensic Biology. The laboratory will work with Office of Management and Budget (OMB ) to add a performance metric of 90% of all Forensic Biology requests with a turnaround time less than 60 days. For this reporting period, only 10% of Forensic Biology requests meet this criteria, with an average turnaround time of 89 days.
Target #2: Less than 5% of unworked requests for laboratory service are over 120 days old
Percentage of State Crime Laboratory Service Requests Over 120 Days Old
Analysis of results and challenges: The target goal of less than 5% of unworked requests for laboratory service over 120 days old was not met. The reduction/elimination of backlogged requests for service continue to be a high priority. Of the requests received, 30% of Latent Print requests (201 of 670) had a turnaround time greater than 120 days. As noted above, the Latent Print discipline assisted another component for a period for four months greatly diminishing capacity of the discipline for that time.
|A1: Core Service - Analysis and entry into the national database of DNA samples from convicted felons and qualifying arrestees.|
Target #1: Less than 10% of cases require additional analysis
Percent of Samples Processed in Less Than 91 Days
Analysis of results and challenges: 96% of samples from convicted felons and qualifying arrestees uploaded to the national database (CODIS) were done so within 90 days from receipt of the sample. This is a significant improvement from past years and was achieved by dispersing the workload of database sample analysis to all qualified DNA analysts. While improving the timeliness of database sample uploads, this did negatively impact the turnaround time of other DNA analyses.
|A2: Core Service - Training in evidence handling of law enforcement agencies.|
Target #1: Less than 10% of requests for laboratory service from law enforcement agencies require additional information prior to analysis
Percentage of Requests Requiring Additional Info Prior to Analysis
Analysis of results and challenges: The percentage of requests requiring additional information prior to analysis is zero as a result of a legislative audit determining that this measures requires subjective manual assessment, and as such the data was found to be unreliable for FY2017. Therefore, both FY2017 and FY2018 has no data and we will be working with the Office of Management and Budget to delete this measure.
Current as of September 4, 2018