State Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware) announced the awarding of a $94,874 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science grant to the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office to enhance public safety in Delaware County.
The funds will be used for the county’s Ballistics Testing Initiative to purchase a ballistics microscope to be used by the Delaware County Criminal Investigative Division’s (CID) laboratory. Delaware County’s Ballistic Testing Initiative is an expansion of the county’s recently formed Anti-Violence Task Force.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will release the funding in early April 2014.
For several years Delaware County’s CID has been using an outdated ballistics microscope on loan from Montgomery County, which has caused a delay in processing criminal cases.
“Timely and effective investigations lead to successful prosecutions,” Hackett said. “This funding will provide local experts with cutting-edge technology, allowing them to properly investigate violent crimes and remove criminals from our streets.”
Hackett attributed the success of the grant award to the collective effort of Delaware County legislators Reps. Bill Adolph, Steve Barrar, Nick Micozzie, Tom Killion, Nick Miccarelli and Sens. Edwin Erickson and Dominic Pileggi.
“Violent crime reaches all corners of Delaware County,” Hackett said. “I’d like to thank my colleagues for their county-wide support in helping to secure this vital funding.”