MONTGOMERY - Popular television shows such as "CSI" and "CSI: Miami" highlight the importance of forensic sciences to criminal investigations. The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences will enhance its investigative capabilities with a $154,615 grant awarded by Gov. Bob Riley.
The grant will enable the state's 10 forensic laboratories to upgrade equipment necessary for effective criminal investigations and prosecutions.
"The Department of Forensic Sciences plays a key role in solving crimes, prosecuting those who are responsible and getting justice for victims," said Riley. "This grant helps ensure that Alabama's crime investigators have the tools necessary to do the job."
The department will upgrade laboratory computers, scanners, printers and body-cooler facilities. Autopsy equipment and supplies will be purchased for medical examiners and staff members to assist them with investigating deaths and ensure they are prepared for natural disasters.
The grant also will enable the department to purchase updated educational and reference materials and train staff members on new procedures.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Justice Department.
Riley notified Michael Sparks, director of Forensic Sciences, of the grant's approval.