U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today announced that the Department of Justice will award $171,794 to the Law Enforcement Division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). This grant, which is awarded through the Paul Coverdell National Forensic Sciences Improvement Act, aims to end backlogs in forensic evidence analysis for state and local law enforcement. Senator Shelby was instrumental in securing this funding.
“Coverdell grants are important to local law enforcement officials who rely on forensic evidence in criminal cases,” said Shelby. “This funding will improve the quality and timeliness of forensic and medical examiner services and help to eliminate backlogs experienced on the state and local level.”