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2020 Forensic Services
Mission Statement The mission is to deliver accurate and timely forensic services in the collection and analysis of physical evidence from crimes and assist with the identification and prosecution of offenders and exoneration of the innocent.
Program Goals and Objectives
  1. Increase capacity to complete case assignments in all sections, in all laboratories.
    1. Increase forensic scientist staffing to 320 (minimum) statewide.
    2. Fill support staff vacancies to maximize the efficacy of forensic scientist staff.
    3. Implement high-throughput robotics to maximize the automation of portions of the analytical process where possible, with a primary focus on biology casework.
    4. Ensure adequate CSI staffing to meet requests for scene processing.
  2. Decrease turn-around-time (TAT) in all sections to quickly provide results of forensic analysis in support of the criminal justice process.
    1. Achieve an average TAT of 60 days in the biology section, and 30 days in all other sections.
    2. Ensure all user agencies are aware of rush analysis request protocol, and that it is used effectively to meet time-sensitive investigative/identification needs and court deadlines.
    3. Develop strategies for select case assignment types to address specific needs within the criminal justice community (e.g., 48-hour NIBIN entry, expedited entry of DNA profiles into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), etc.).
    4. Implement Rapid DNA technology. This includes developing workflow and procedures within the laboratory system and supporting statewide preparedness to adopt FBI standards and procedures as applicable.
    5. Respond to requests to process crime scenes involving crimes against persons within one hour.
  3. Manage forensic backlogs to efficiently use ISP resources and ensure all case assignments are prioritized and completed in a timely manner.
    1. Reduce the average age of unworked case assignments by targeting the oldest assignments.
    2. Ensure scientists and CSIs are aware when their work produces tangible results in the criminal justice system (convictions, exonerations, major case outcomes, etc.). Improve morale and esprit de corps by reinforcing the connection to public safety and recognizing the contributions of all employees.
    3. Establish consistent mechanisms for communication with law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and other stakeholders within each laboratory’s service area.
    4. Enhance the sharing of data throughout the criminal justice community by linking forensic case results to other criminal history databases.
    5. Publicize achievements by contributing articles to forensic journals relating to efficiencies and best practices implemented within the ISP laboratory system.
  4. Leverage technology and resources to refine and improve everyday workflow and processes.
    1. Implement biometric technologies to enhance crime solving and rapid identification services.
    2. Research and identify viable alternatives to maximize departmental resources while improving the efficiency of administrative and operational functions.
    3. Establish an enterprise approach to technological development and solutions through collaboration and communication to share responsibilities and resources.
    4. Improve the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to rapidly identify individuals for criminal justice and non-criminal justice purposes.
  5. Implement improvements to the Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) Program that effectively address the need to accurately determine firearm eligibility and process applications in a timely manner.
    Source of Funds General Revenue Fund, State Crime Laboratory Fund, State Police DUI Fund, State Offender DNA Identification System Fund, Illinois State Police Federal Projects Fund, State Police Services Fund Statutory Authority 20 ILCS 2605/2605-40
    Fiscal Year 2021 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2020 Actual Fiscal Year 2020 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2019 Actual Fiscal Year 2018 Actual
    Input Indicators
    Total expenditures - all sources (in thousands) $ 46,047.4 $ 68,725.5 $ 0.0 $ 0.0 $ 0.0
    Total expenditures - state appropriated funds (in thousands) $ 46,047.4 $ 68,725.5 $ 0.0 $ 0.0 $ 0.0
    Average monthly full-time equivalents 85 439 0 0 0
    Output Indicators
    Number of biology cases worked 16,700 15,888 16,700 10,801 6,394
    Number of forensic cases worked in all disciplines 74,600 64,543 74,600 63,074 66,126
    Number of crime scenes processed 3,780 3,365 3,779 3,597 3,849
    Outcome Indicators
    Biology case backlog 4,500 6,093 7,700 8,776 3,745
    Case backlog of all forensic cases 12,000 14,671 25,300 23,109 12,916
    Number of property crime scenes processed 1,290 884 1,290 1,271 1,488
    Number of DNA profiles uploaded to the Combined DNA Indexing System (CODIS) 29,000 16,217 40,000 2,110 26,445
    Number of revoked FOID cards 10,500 10,278 10,500 10,703 10,871
    Efficiency/Cost-Effectiveness Indicators
    Percentage of Biology assignments worked within 60 days. 35 % 29 % 25 % 21 % 7.7 %
    Percentage of forensic cases worked within 30 days 45 % 32 % 45 % 41 % 50.2 %
    Percentage of crimes against persons responded to in one hour 90 % 82 % 90 % 92.12 % 90.89 %

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