APD receives grant to help with DNA lab backlog
Austin police are working to get rid of a backlog at the department's shutdown DNA lab.
Today, officers told the Austin City Council they will use money to help erase the backlog after getting a $200,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice.
They will also look in the budget to find additional money for the tests.
Right now thousands of DNA kits are going untested. Austin police plan say they plan to reopen the lab next year.
When the lab shut down in June, there was a backlog of 3,000 sexual assault kits awaiting testing. Since then, according to the SAFE alliance, 1,400 additional cases have been added, 700 which are from sexual assaults.
While APD's lab is shut down, the Texas Department of Public Safety is testing 20 samples per month, but advocates say that's not enough to meet the need.