A new crime lab should help the Nebraska State Patrol process evidence faster.
Superintendent Bradley Rice says they hope to reduce turnaround time with the new equipment and procedures.
“In some cases, about a four week turnaround, which would be excellent,” Rice says. “Think about how much work that the staff here is going to do to bring that back down in some of these cases to a four week turnaround. (We’re) very excited about that and expect that to happen.”
Currently, the State Patrol processes toxicology samples in about four months and DNA testing takes about five months.
The new crime lab was an $11 million project and is located in the Lincoln Airport industrial park.
Rice says being more efficient means a safer Nebraska.
“It sends the message out there to the potential violators that we’ve got a modern facility here and we’re going to catch you,” Rice says.
The State Patrol crime Lab works about 4,000 cases each year for 160 different agencies.