I am the executive director of a newly formed non-profit that is giving grants to law enforcement for advanced DNA testing on cold case homicides and other violent crimes. The non-profit was founded by a concerned citizen who gave initial seed money to get the program off the ground. Recently we added to our revenue stream to keep the program active and sustainable. We recruited board members from victims’ families, media/marketing, and the scientific community to sit on our Board of Directors at Season of Justice.
Our areas of concentration are cold case homicides that have suspect DNA, but no matches in CODIS or a state DNA database. We will also fund grants asking to process evidence for DNA that has not been processed or had poor results when processing was attempted. Season of Justice will provide funds directly to a third-party lab, of the agency’s choice, for tests and research related to genealogy DNA or any other DNA testing not performed by the agency’s lab. Season of Justice is taking applications for these grants at www.seasonofjustice.org . The application is short, and the board meets monthly to vote on what cases to accept and fund. Our grants have averaged $5,000 to $7,000 for each case. At no time during the process does Season of Justice want any access to any test results.
As an introduction, I am a retired Sgt. from Indianapolis Metro Police Department (Indiana) where my last assignment was to run a 17 county Crime Stoppers program for Central Indiana. Our founder was a board member of that local Crime Stoppers program and asked me to become the executive director of Season of Justice. Prior to Crime Stoppers I was assigned to various units as a detective and supervisor, those included homicide, narcotics, uniformed late tactical shift, and a general undercover detective.
If you have any law enforcement professionals that are searching for funding for a specific case, please feel free to forward my information to them. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can give our program in connecting with your agency or other law enforcement partners.
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