Currently there are numerous cases where the suspected criminal has been "IDENTIFIED" but the cases are waiting in a drawer at the Latent Unit to be checked by a Supervisor.
Police support staff were let go by Mayor Gimenez to help balance the budget. Big deal. Do we care? Well I do. Being so short handed makes it so that the unit mostly focuses only on major crimes. They don't have the man-power to focus on Burglaries, which is a probably the crime that affects most of us.
Here is the lowdown on the caseload (I don't understand police lingo very well so excuse any mistakes in that area):
The Latent Unit of Miami Dade County ..."is responsible for evaluating and comparing physical evidence submitted from crime scenes. Latent Print Examiners assigned to the Unit frequently use mechanical, chemical, and forensic light source methods to develop and visualize latent prints from crime scene evidence."
The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), Forensic Services Bureau (FSB), services the greater unincorporated Dade County area and 35 of the incorporated municipalities which also include the city of Miami and the city of Miami Beach (total population base circa 2.4 million). The Latent Unit is a part of the Forensic Service Bureau.
Miami-Dade's Latent Unit is running very short-handed, personnel almost cut in half. Before cuts there were 13 Latent Examiners, 2 Lead Workers and the Latent Unit had its own Supervisor. Now, there are 9 examiners (8 workers & 1 lead worker) and they share 1 Supervisor with the Fingerprint Section because of the Mayor’s required cuts. The Lead Worker is busy checking non-identified cases. They also have a current backlog of almost 600 cases which have not been completed by the Latent Examiners yet. These are mostly burglaries. Also, they have about 200 completed non-identified cases waiting for the Lead Worker to check.
Most importantly, they have almost 100 completed and "IDENTIFIED" cases waiting to be checked by the Supervisor. (Mostly Burglaries). This means their reports have not been sent to Detectives or GIU, which means: The bad guys who have already been "identified" are still out there committing crimes and not being arrested because no one knows that they have been identified! Some of these identified cases are 2-3 months old.