$480k grant awarded to Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Rapid DNA program

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Spokane County Sheriff's Office

SPOKANE, Wash. — U.S. Attorney Vanessa R. Waldref announced a $480,000 Department of Justice grant to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office’s Rapid DNA program on Friday.

The grant will help local law enforcement identify, arrest, and prosecute both violent crimes and prolific property crimes, with the goal of enhancing the Sheriff’s Office’s technical expertise, increasing the number of solved crimes in Spokane County, and reducing crimes against people and property.

The funding will be used by the Forensic Unit of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The Rapid DNA program should accelerate the speed by which investigative leads can be developed, perpetrators identified, and innocent parties cleared. As a result, offenders will be more quickly apprehended.

“This grant is an example of the Justice Department’s commitment to devoting resources to our local law enforcement partners to ensure Eastern Washington remains Safe and Strong,” Waldref said. “DNA testing is a critical tool for solving and prosecuting crime. In fact, DNA analysis has proven to be the difference in identifying, and in some cases exonerating, the accused. By devoting these additional resources in Spokane County, we are able to help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable and deter others from committing criminal acts in Eastern Washington.”

You can find more information about the grants and funding through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs here.

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