October 3, 2018 Media, Press Releases

Rutgers-Camden Awarded Almost $550K for Criminal Justice Research

October 3, 2018

Rutgers University–Camden has been awarded over $500,000 for forensic science and criminal justice research.

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross [NJ-01] announced that $546,727 was awarded to the university from the U.S. Department of Justice for forensic science and criminal justice research.

“All of our South Jersey institutions are working to reduce crime — at the research, enforcement and community development levels — and we’re seeing the hard work pay off as safety continues to improve in the City of Camden,” Norcross said in a statement. “This grant will allow for game-changing forensics discovery right here in our backyard and will positively impact on our local economy. I’m proud to see the next generation of local students and researchers transforming the law enforcement field for the better.”

The funding comes from the DOJ’s National Institute of Justice, which is the research, development and evaluation agency dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues using science. The overarching goal of the institute is to reduce crime, particularly at the state and local levels.

“This grant will support the development of new scientific approached to forensics and will provide new tools for our law enforcement agencies and personnel,” said Kriste Lindenmeyer, PhD, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University–Camden.

“The principal investigator on this project, Dr. Catherine Grgicak, has earned an international reputation as an exceptionally talented, cutting-edge researcher in the field of forensics and chemistry.  We are grateful to Congressman Norcross for his support of world-class research at Rutgers University–Camden, and his recognition of the economic benefits that research brings to our region,”  Lindenmeyer said.

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