Honolulu PD cuts backlog at DNA crime lab


In the past two years, the Honolulu Police Department's DNA crime lab has significantly reduced its backlog of untested evidence — increasing the chances that arrests can be made in unsolved cases.

The backlog of 150 cases with evidence awaiting DNA testing has been reduced to 88 in the past 26 months, said Joanne Furuya, supervisor of HPD's Scientific Investigation Section.

The work was made possible by recent federal grants to the unit that include $200,000 to work on the backlog as well as unsolved or "cold" cases, and $70,000 to $100,000 to upgrade equipment, Furuya said.

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