Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
November 16, 2005  
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer Announces $600,000 In Funding For The San Mateo County Sheriff's Forensics Lab Improvement Initiative  

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today announced Senate approval of $600,000 in federal funds to support the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Forensic Lab Improvement Initiative.

Boxer said, “The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Forensic Lab supports a wide variety of criminal justice agencies, yet their facilities have not been updated in years. This funding will help the lab handle an increased caseload and better serve the agencies it works with.”

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory offers scientific support to criminal justice agencies including local law enforcement, state agencies and federal agencies including the FBI.

The $600,000 in funding will be used to help the laboratory deal with a higher number of cases, upgrade equipment and meet staffing needs. Last year alone, 5,190 cases were submitted for processing by the laboratory’s 18 staff members.

Boxer obtained this funding through her request in the Commerce, Justice and State Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2006. The bill will now go to the President for his signature.