Sheriff's Department accepts grant for coroner's operations


Last updated 10/31/2017 at Noon

Riverside County supervisors today authorized Sheriff Stan Sniff to accept a $43,000 U.S. Justice Department grant in support of coroner's operations.

"The grant funding will provide the county with resources to meet the challenges of crime and justice and reduce the backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to hold offenders accountable for their crimes,'' according to a sheriff's statement.

Agency documents stated that the funds were approved as part of annual disbursals from the National Institute of Justice's Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program.

Sheriff's officials said the money will facilitate the purchase of a DEXIS digital radiography and imaging system, as well as wireless dictation systems and computer workstations at coroner's offices in Indio and Perris.

The equipment will allow personnel to accelerate processing of evidence and "render the analysis to families of victims and other concerned parties in a timely manner,'' the department said.

According to sheriff's officials, the agency began applying for Coverdell Forensic Improvement grants in 2011.


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