12/01/2007

LAPD far short of funds for DNA tests

By Richard Winton
The Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Police Department would need $9.3 million to clear up a backlog of untested DNA evidence that could hold the key to solving hundreds of sexual assaults and other violent crimes, but state and local money is falling far short of covering the cost, officials say.

The problem was underscored by a state audit released Thursday that detailed the shortfall that has existed between state aid and local law enforcement needs.

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