Loretta Sanchez Celebrates $485,000 Federal Grant For OC Crime Lab
|Loretta Sanchez, right, inspecting DNA equipment|
Yesterday, with our Liz Monroy watching, Sanchez visited Sandra Hutchens' Orange County Sheriff's Department and its OC Crime Lab to celebrate a 2011 award of $485,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Federal officials hope the money will speed critical, forensic DNA analysis in the county's criminal cases.
During her visit, the congresswoman--a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security--met with Elizabeth Thompson, the crime lab's DNA director, and Bruce Houlihan, director of the entire operation. The two gave Sanchez--who was upbeat and funny--a tour of the lab and explained the process of DNA analysis, according to Monroy.
|Sanchez at the OCSD Crime Lab yesterday|
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