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 to Public Health Laboratory), 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.
The Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory showed a 6% increase in requests accomplished under 30 days in FY2019. This can be further broken out into individual disciplines: seized drug analysis and forensic alcohol analysis account for around half of the submissions and have an average turnaround time of 19 and 23 days, respectively.
The Latent Print Examination staff assisted Anchorage Police Department (APD) latent print unit for a number of months due to shortage of staff within APD. This resulted in a reduction in analyst time for latent print processing and examination and an average turnaround time of 90 days.
Forensic Biology saw a 7% increase in case submissions in FY2019. This is significant for such a small discipline. Forensic Biology has changed its processes such that analysis that used to occur separately, with the generation of two scientific examination reports is now performed as a single analysis. Once assigned the total analysis time is typically around 45 days, and as such, completion in under 30 days is not a realistic metric. A new metric will need to be developed specifically for Forensic Biology such as percentage of cases completed in under 60 days with a target of 90%. For this reporting period, Forensic Biology has an average turnaround time of 97 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 and increased from FY2018. The reduction/elimination of backlogged requests for service continue to be a high priority. Of the requests received, 26% of Latent Print requests (162 of 622) 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.
Of the requests received, 53% of Forensic Biology requests (332 of 631) had a turnaround time greater than 120 days. Firearm/Toolmark and Footwear Impression disciplines also had requests over 120 days although they are a relatively small percentage of total cases.
|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: FY2019 saw a 16% increase in DNA database submissions. Across FY2019 only 30% of samples from convicted felons and qualifying arrestees uploaded to the national database (CODIS) were completed within 90 days from receipt of the sample. However, this number was significantly impacted in the first six months of FY2019 by personnel issues. The percentage of samples processed in under 91 days from February 2019 through the end of the fiscal year was 100%.
|A2: Core Service - Training in evidence handling of law enforcement agencies.|
Current as of November 27, 2019