YORK COUNTY, SC - The York County Sheriff’s Office is proud to accept two grants totaling nearly a half million dollars to combat drunk drivers, and to improve the efficiency of the YCSO DNA lab.
The YCSO was awarded $224,496 from the Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs to continue funding of the traffic enforcement unit. The traffic unit is tasked with conducting traffic enforcement and traffic education activities in an effort to reduce the number of fatal traffic collisions that occur in York County. The traffic unit will target dangerous and impaired drivers. Team members will also spend time educating the public about impaired driving at public events and schools.
The YCSO was awarded $250,000 from the Department of Justice to fund efforts to reduce the number of cases waiting for DNA analysis and to improve the efficiency of the YCSO Forensic Biology (DNA) Lab. This DNA grant will fund a new robotic extraction platform, equipment and other service contracts.
There is less than four months of unassigned sexual assault cases, and one year of property crimes cases awaiting DNA forensic testing. There are no pending homicide cases for DNA testing.
The YCSO Forensic Biology and DNA laboratory is an ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited laboratory. The DNA lab is also audited by the FBI Quality Assurance Standards which allows the lab to participate in the FBI CODIS program.
This is the second year the Sheriff’s Office was awarded the traffic safety grant, for a total of $476,000. This is third grant awarded to the forensic biology lab since 2017 totaling $650,000.