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Groundbreaking held for new Sheriff’s Crime Lab building
In June 2007, the Board of Supervisors allocated $25 million for the construction of a new crime lab. Several studies were done, along with a needs assessment. Between 2009 and 2012 the department evaluated several options, from remodeling the existing building to building a new one. In 2013, the department selected LPA Inc. to design the new 20,000 square foot laboratory annex. The new building will cost $17 million and will be located west of the current 35,000 square foot crime lab building.
In September 2014, AMG & Associates Inc. was awarded the contract for the new construction.
The following units will be moving into the new crime lab:
- Controlled Substance Unit: One supervisor and up to 10 criminalists; three more than current staff.
- Crime Scene Investigation: One supervisor and up to six crime scene investigators and clerical employees; five more than the current staff.
- Firearms/Toolmarks Unit: One supervisor, up to five criminalists and two techs; two more than prior.
- Forensic Alcohol Unit: One supervisor and three criminalists; adding one additional criminalist.
The new building will house a narcotics lab, indoor vehicle processing area, indoor shooting tank, indoor 40-yard shooting range and a combined breath and blood alcohol testing lab.