Austin Monitor gives insight into items voted by council

Austin City Council (KXAN)
Austin City Council (KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Monitor’s Mike Kanin joined KXAN News Today on Friday to discuss the DNA backlog facing the Austin Police Department.

There’s a backlog of DNA that needs to be tested, so the city is turning to Dallas County for some help. Council members decided to authorize a 12-month interlocal agreement with Dallas County, acting through the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas, for forensic services not to exceed $1,600,000 with five 12-month extension options not to exceed $400,000 per extension option, for a total estimated contract amount not to exceed $3,600,000.

The agreement, which has the goal of clearing the backlog of DNA cases for APD, would end on Sept. 30, 2017. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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