Federal funding will support LBPD’s cold case unit through 2011

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long beach police cold case unitThe Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) received a $286,402 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The funding was awarded through the National Institute of Justice and will help LBPD continue the operation of its cold case unit through the use of DNA solicitation.

“This funding provides the financial support necessary to continue a critical program in the Long Beach Police Department, where more than 4,700 cases in Los Angeles County remain not only unsolved, but not even tested,” Congresswoman Richardson said. “While state and local governments continue to face tough budget cuts, it is a relief for all the people of Long Beach that their police department is able to continue the vital work of solving cold cases, thus ensuring justice is served, criminals are off the street and closure for victims is achieved.”

Budget cuts had previously forced the LBPD to eliminate its cold case unit in 2007, but it was reestablished on January 6, 2009 using a 2008 DOJ grant for $319,596. The new funding will support the cold case program through fiscal years 2010 and 2011.

“In addition to this grant, I am committed, through the House appropriation process by approving an additional $100,000 (6/18/09), to ensuring that our police departments are not hindered in their crime solving abilities, despite these tough economic times,” Congresswoman Richardson stated.

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