Pa. crime labs get $1.8 million in tech grants

Crime laboratories across Pennsylvania received a boost last week when Gov. Tom Ridge announced the awarding of $1.8 million in grants for technology purchases.

Through the grants, awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Allegheny County crime lab will receive $1 million of the federal Local Enforcement Block Grant funds, with the state police receiving the remaining $800,000 to upgrade its six crime laboratories.

Crime labs analyze forensic evidence, including DNA, fingerprints, hair and fiber samples for law enforcement agencies in all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.

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