The JusticeDrive website is maintained as a community service by Parabon® NanoLabs. Funds raised may be used by the investigating agency at its sole discretion. Agencies can withdraw funds at any time without affecting progress toward the campaign goal.
If your agency is unable to accept donations directly, a beneficiary may be designated (e.g., a law enforcement foundation that supports your agency). Parabon can serve as the beneficiary if the donations are to be used for Snapshot DNA Analysis — i.e., phenotyping, ancestry determination, kinship inference, genetic genealogy, etc.
JusticeDrive is designed to bridge the gap between public citizens who want to see violent crimes solved quickly and law enforcement agencies that sometimes lack the financial resources for technology and testing that can often determine whether or not a case gets solved.
The inspiration for JusticeDrive originally came as a result of the numerous citizens across the US who have heard about Parabon's Snapshot Advanced DNA Analysis Service and emailed and called offering to donate money to Parabon to help police departments pay for services. There are an extraordinary amount of people in the world who care about public safety and want to support case solving endeavors of law enforcement agencies.
Supporting this crowdfunding initiative is Parabon's way of helping to ensure groundbreaking technologies are available and essential investigative tools are available to all law enforcement investigations that have a need for them.
First, if you don't already know what your agency's policy is on donations, please research it. We have worked with a wide range of policies. Your JusticeDrive representative will set up your agency's case campaign in a customized manner in order to meet the rules and regulations of your organization/jurisdiction. For example, you can designate someone within your organization or a third party, such as Parabon or a community non-profit organization, to serve as your campaign financial fiduciary to receive funds.
Second, complete a criminal investigation case enrollment form that includes a case summary, images that represent the case or your agency, and a list of how donated funds will be used;
Lastly, contact your local media representatives and tell them about the JusticeDrive campaign after it is posted. The key to a successful campaign is to enlist the help of local media. The more media coverage your campaign has the more likely you will raise the funds you need. JusticeDrive representatives can provide you with a template and/or sample of a press release.
If your agency can't solicit funds directly from the public, then JusticeDrive can do it, but the agency will need to provide a list of local journalists/reporters for your JusticeDrive representative to contact and provide a statement or quote that can be included in a press release or designate a spokesperson who can field questions from the media about the case.