Glendale-Burbank DNA Justice Project

Unveiling the “Glendale-Burbank DNA Justice Project.”

We’re proud to announce our $250,000 initiative to keep the Verdugo Regional Crime Lab operational after its extremely successful initial phase. In its first six months of existence, the Lab has processed more than 400 DNA samples, providing desperately needed evidence support for local law enforcement.

“Because our number one priority is the wellbeing of our community, it’s only proper that the Community Foundation of the Verdugos take a leadership position in securing the future of our community’s DNA lab,” said Ernest P. Burger, Esq., president of the Foundation board. “This funding will help the police identify criminals and keep our community safe.”

Since January of 2014, the Verdugo Regional Crime Lab has helped police investigators work smarter and faster – both in building cases against criminals and in exonerating the innocent. Additional funding provided through the Community Foundation will allow the lab to secure even more advanced crime-fighting technology that will improve law enforcement’s ability to process DNA samples.

The monies raised through this initiative will help prevent the delay of rape kit processing as well as the backlog of other DNA evidence. It will also secure much-needed software that will help analysts identify multiple sources of DNA within the same sample.

“The Foundation is making an initial commitment of $50,000, and has already collected several important pledges from local organizations,” Burger said. “We are looking to the communities to help us raise the additional $200,000 needed so that rape kits and other DNA evidence can be processed in time, and perpetrators brought to justice.”

Each and every donation counts in keeping our community safe for our families!
Call (818) 241-8040 or email

For the official press release, click here.


Lead Gifts, $50,000

Community Foundation of the VerdugosCommunity Foundation of the Verdugos

Community Leadership, $10,000

Glendale PoliceGlendale Police Foundation

Business and Corporate Circle, $2,500

CounterintuityCounterintuity KKAJKing, King, Alleman & Jensen, LLP Melby & Anderson LLPMelby & Anderson, LLP/
Mr. & Mrs. Michael W. Deaktor

Additional Donors

Verdugo Visionaries $1,000 Safety Angels $500


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