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N.H. gets grant to help medical examiner’s office

The New Hampshire state medical examiner’s office is getting a federal grant of nearly $60,000 to help enhance technology and training and help six investigators earn official certification with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Inspectors.

The grant, administered by the National Institute of Justice, is part of an agency program that seeks to improve the quality of forensic science and medical examiner services nationwide.

State officials will also use the funding to pay for a part-time evidence technician position and to acquire new equipment.

The grant was announced recently by U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster.

“This funding helps us to maintain our evidence unit, which has made all the difference in the world,” said Thomas Andrew, New Hampshire’s chief medical examiner. “It’s very important when it comes time for cases to go to trial. This funding has made a huge difference in that way.”

The grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Justice and are available to certain state and local governments looking to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services.

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