Michigan State Police Chooses More Software from STACS DNA

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All state DNA labs to use STACS software to help meet ambitious productivity goals.

The Michigan State Police has selected STACS-CW Enterprise for screening and processing DNA samples in its seven forensic science labs.

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STACS DNA Inc., the only DNA sample processing software provider, today announced that the Michigan State Police (MSP) has selected STACS-CW Enterprise for screening and processing DNA samples in its seven forensic science labs. The MSP’s CODIS Unit has been using STACS-DB Enterprise since 2006. Once implemented, the MSP will track both casework and database DNA samples using software from STACS DNA.

In the MSP Forensic Science Division, DNA analysts currently use PDF worksheets to document their sample processing. Every time an analyst moves from one worksheet to the next, the sample data, reagent lot numbers, expiration dates and other essential data must be retyped. STACS-CW will automate this data capture, which is expected to increase efficiency, ensure more complete and uniform documentation, and simplify the review process.

The MSP Forensic Science Division is working to reduce backlogs and achieve an average case turnaround time of 30 days. The Michigan Public Safety Dashboard is tracking the average number of days for processing forensic tests related to criminal investigations. STACS software will help lab management track and measure their progress toward meeting this goal.

About the MSP
The Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division is a network of seven regional laboratories strategically located to serve both the urban and rural communities of the Great Lakes State. The MSP laboratories maintain accreditation through the American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), via the ASCLD/LAB-International program. This program mandates continued compliance with both the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard and the ASCLD/LAB-International Supplemental Requirements. For more information, go to http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-60141_60143---,00.html.

About STACS DNA
STACS DNA delivers the only sample processing software specifically designed for DNA laboratories. Since 2000, we’ve helped DNA labs of all sizes to accelerate throughput, prevent errors, cut costs, and maintain chain of custody. STACS tracks and controls samples, manages workflows, integrates systems and instrumentation and improves data quality. Most of the major forensic DNA labs in North America are our customers, such as the FBI, RCMP, U.S. Army and the largest state labs. The company is based in Ottawa, ON and Fairfax, VA. For more information, visit http://www.stacsdna.com.

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