State forensic lab sees growing demand for drug testing, greater need for resources


The growing number, complexity and safety requirements of drug cases submitted for testing to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science is creating a backlog for the department September 1, 2018 The growing number, complexity and safety requirements of drug cases submitted for testing to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science is creating a b...

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Tulsa Forensic Lab Sets International Example

The Tulsa Police Department Forensic Lab was recently accredited through new international standards. November 2, 2017 The Crime Lab at the Tulsa Police Department is setting the bar high for other crime labs around the world. When the Tulsa Police Department collects evidence from a scene, they are careful to preserve it before it's transported to...

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To cut risk of exposure to fentanyl, police can now test substances at state Crime Lab

he state Crime Lab will open its doors to police officers in need of safe facilities to test unidentified powders due to the rising risk of fentanyl exposure. July 20, 2017 The state Crime Lab will open its doors to police officers in need of safe facilities to test unidentified powders due to the rising risk of fentanyl exposure. Nationally, sever...

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Kentucky State Police Lab becoming training ground for other state labs because of low pay, lab director says


Analysts in Kentucky are now ranked as the lowest paid in the entire United States, and KSP Forensic Laboratory System Director Laura Sudkamp told Pure Politics she is the lowest paid director in the nation, "by a long shot." March 23, 2017 Editor's note: This is part two in a two-part series on Kentucky's attempts to clear the backlog of untested ...

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New evidence problems surface amid questions about crime lab analyst


New evidence problems have surfaced at the Harris County Courthouse after questions were raised about yet another crime lab analyst, the latest in a string of evidence snafus that have put more than 1,000 criminal cases under scrutiny. November 22, 2016 New evidence problems have surfaced at the Harris County Courthouse after questions were raised ...

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Theft of drugs linked to evidence custodian


Nawolski pleaded guilty to charges of felony possession of hydrocodone, forgery, and theft by taking of oxycodone. November 16, 2016 VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A person who controlled evidence at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Regional Crime Lab is charged with taking drugs from the facility. The discrepancy was discovered during an internal audit at the e...

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Crime lab tests pile up on cases


According to a September report from the National Institute of Justice on funding for DNA analysis, new methods are now able to yield full DNA profiles collected from old, degraded or otherwise unviable samples. November 14, 2016 In less than a decade, advancements in forensics technology have allowed scientists to "do more with less" using DNA evi...

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