STACS DNA Software Selected by Oakland County Sheriff’s Office for New DNA Lab

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STACS-CW Enterprise is a key part of new fully-automated forensic biology laboratory

STACS-CW Enterprise for Forensic Casework Labs

“We are very excited to have STACS technology at the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “This is another key component to our Forensic Laboratory that will make us a top-notch facility in the state of Michigan.”

STACS DNA Inc., the only DNA sample processing software provider, today announced that the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has selected STACS-CW Enterprise for its new state-of-the art DNA laboratory.

“I’ve always been a big fan of STACS,” said Dorothy Catella, DNA Biology Lab Supervisor and Technical Lead at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, located northwest of Detroit, Michigan. In 2005, when she was the DNA Technical Leader at the Michigan State Police’s CODIS Unit, Dorothy selected and implemented STACS-DB software. This previous experience as a STACS DNA customer made the decision to implement STACS-CW software at the new Oakland County lab much easier.

“We are very excited to have STACS technology at the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “This is another key component to our Forensic Laboratory that will make us a top-notch facility in the state of Michigan.”

The new biology lab is an expansion of the existing forensics lab which performs firearms, latent prints, drug chemistry and toxicology testing. Once operational, the fully-automated DNA lab will allow Oakland County to process samples locally rather than sending them to Michigan State Police. The lab is seeking international accreditation and is expected to begin operations in the spring of 2016.

About the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office is the largest "full service" Sheriff's Office in the State of Michigan. With a current jurisdictional population of 1.2 million residents, the Sheriff's Office services over 343,000 of those residents through law enforcement contracts in 15 different communities. The Oakland County Forensic Science Lab is an accredited laboratory that provides relevant, accurate, and thorough service using scientifically valid procedures under the direction of accreditation, statutory, and regulatory requirements. For more information, visit https://www.oakgov.com/sheriff.

About STACS DNA
STACS DNA delivers sample tracking and control software specifically designed for forensic DNA casework and database labs. Our solutions are proven to increase productivity by more than 40% while meeting strict accreditation standards—with no new hiring, and no need to acquire or replace your current LIMS. Since 2000, STACS DNA’s solutions have addressed the shortcomings of many current LIMS by providing an automatic audit trail, DNA-specific workflows, integrated systems and instrumentation, improved data quality, automatic grant tracking and unmatched professional services. Most of the major forensic DNA labs in North America are our customers, including the FBI, RCMP, U.S. Army and the largest state labs. The company is based in Ottawa, ON and Fairfax, VA.

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