The Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s 20-year-old forensic lab is moving from Lakewood to a new state-of-the-art facility in Arvada Colorado. According to the Denver Post, the lab will be located in a retrofitted, 24,000 square foot industrial building in the southeast part of the city. Three times the size of the current facility, the new lab in Arvada is expected to be ready in May.
The Colorado state forensic lab has seen an increase in activity in recent years as technology improves and the demand for DNA analysis grows. CBI received 2,174 DNA cases in all of 2012. So far, in 2014, the number of DNA cases is already at 2,485, the article stated.
A change in the law regarding evidence from sexual assault cases has placed additional cases with the bureau since 2013 legislation was passed requiring local law enforcement to submit evidence in sex assault cases to an accredited laboratory within thirty days. Most of the state’s DNA cases are analyzed by the metro area lab, with back up from labs in Pueblo and Grand Junction.
It will cost nearly $8 million to make the new lab in Arvada Colorado operational, the Post reported. In addition to providing DNA analysis of crime scene evidence, the lab will also analyze latent fingerprints, gunshot residue, tool mark evidence, trace evidence, and drug chemistry. The Arvada mayor expressed pride in having the new lab located in the city, saying, when it comes to organizations choosing to relocate here, it doesn’t get much better than the CBI.
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