Gov. Kay Ivey awards grant to assist forensic science department

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $267,320 grant to help the state’s Department of Forensic Sciences keep up with its advancements in scientific evidence-gathering methods.

The funds will allow the department to purchase new, updated forensic equipment, which will help Alabama law enforcement agencies solve crimes.

“The work of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences is so often critical in determining whether a criminal goes free or goes to prison,” said Ivey. “This new and more up-to-date equipment will enhance the ability of technicians to provide results in a timelier manner.”

The department provides services for over 450 law enforcement agencies statewide. It regularly conducts tests relating to forensics, drug chemistry, firearm and tool mark identification.

The new equipment is expected to save time and money and will improve the department’s ability to reduce backlogs.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“The importance of forensic sciences to Alabama law enforcement officers and prosecutors cannot be understated,” said ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell “Like Gov. Ivey, ADECA appreciates the hard work, long hours and top-notch analysis that state forensic technicians are called on to do each and every day.”

Ivey notified state Forensics Director Angelo Della Manna that the grant has been approved.

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