Fresno Police Department Awarded $1,224,751 To Investigate “Cold Cases” Of Homicide And Sexual Assault Through DNA Analysis

FRESNO, CA (April 27 , 2005) - Chief Jerry Dyer is pleased to announce that the United States Department of Justice has awarded the Fresno Police Department a $1,224,751 grant to investigate “Cold Cases” of homicide and sexual assault through the use of DNA analysis.

The grant is awarded over three years and will allow the Department to devote resources to the investigation of cold cases of homicide and sexual assault with emphasis on the identification, apprehension and prosecution of violent offenders through improved DNA analysis.

The Fresno Police Department will devote two investigators to cold cases where DNA evidence is most likely to be found and result in resolution of the crime and prosecution of the offender. An administrative victim liaison will also be utilized for advocacy to survivors and secondary victims of cold cases and for administrative support. To further meet this objective the Fresno Police Department has partnered with the California Department of Justice Fresno Regional Laboratory. Partner participation is crucial to success of this project.

By focusing on specific objectives, the Fresno Police Department proposes to 1) increase the number of DNA cold case arrests and prosecutions, 2) provide DNA related training for law enforcement personnel, and 3) submit eligible DNA analysis to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) .

The media is invited to a 2:30 PM Press Conference today, April 28, 2005

Andrew T. Souza , City Manager
Jerry Dyer, Chief Of Police
Contact: Sgt. Gregg Sanders (559) 621-2110