The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors allocated funding Tuesday from a federal grant to two important law enforcement efforts.
According to Supervisor Michael Antonovich, the Sheriff's Department's ability to combat intellectual property crimes will be enhanced by an infusion of $200,000 from the United States Department of Justice.
The grant will be dedicated to the Sheriff's Department's Counterfeit and Piracy Enforcement Team Program (CAPE), and will be used by teams of Community Oriented Policing Services Bureau investigators to identify, investigate, and prepare intellectual property crimes for prosecution.
And to reduce the backlog of sexual assault cases waiting for DNA testing, the Supervisors approved a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to improve the Sheriff's Department's DNA analysis capacity and the infrastructure of the existing crime laboratory.
In addition, the Department will use the grant funds to pay for laboratory staff overtime and outsourcing of DNA to accredited fee-to-service laboratories.