LSP Crime Lab clears backlog of cases

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - State officials say that the State Police Crime Lab has eliminated all case backlogs.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said that clearing the backlog is the result of increased funding for equipment and the expansion of the lab in 2009.

The turnaround time on cases has been reduced from a high of just under three years to less than 15 days.

"Having a crime lab that operates in real time will also help us assist local law enforcement faster and focus on advanced training for law enforcement personnel so we can continue fighting crime in our communities," said Jindal. "The work completed by our law enforcement personnel directly contributes to a safer Louisiana – and we are forever grateful for their service to protect our people."

In the last five years, the lab has eliminated a backlog of more than 9,300 cases.  Before the backlog was reduced, the lab had to outsource evidence to other labs.  The backlog also made it more difficult to provide advanced training to examiners and instruction to other agencies.

"The efficiency of the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab is unprecedented in the forensic science field," said State Police Col. Mike Edmonson.  "I know of no other crime lab in the country that can provide real time forensic analysis across all disciplines to our law enforcement partners."

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