Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Lieutenant Governor, KSP Dedicate Eastern Crime Lab Facility
Date of Release: 08/26/05
FRANKFORT, Ky. - After more than 28 years working in an old hospital building, employees at the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Eastern Forensic Laboratory now have nearly twice the usable space and a layout designed with each discipline in mind at a new lab, which was dedicated this afternoon.
Lt. Governor and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Steve Pence and KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller gave remarks at the dedication of the lab, which is located in Boyd County near Cannonsburg.
Pence said the importance of crime labs couldn't be undervalued.
"My experience as a federal prosecutor made me realize the utter importance of Kentucky's crime lab personnel, facilities and equipment," said Lieutenant Governor Pence. "As secretary of the Justice Cabinet, I am committed to ensuring all areas of law enforcement have what they need to keep Kentucky safe. I commend Commissioner Miller and the KSP Eastern Lab employees for their tireless efforts to build a modern facility that will benefit all involved in the criminal justice system."
Miller praised Pence for his support and the Eastern lab staff for their dedication.
"Lt. Governor Pence is an ardent proponent and enthusiastic supporter of furthering the needs of crime labs . he helped usher the project through legislative committee approval," Miller noted. "I also want to praise the staff here at the lab, who in two and a half days after moving out of the old lab were processing evidence in the new facility. This was an amazing feat and a real tribute to the commitment of these employees."
Officially opened in April, the lab has 10,600 square feet compared to 8,700 square feet at the former lab. Only 5,500 square feet of the 8,700 were usable for scientific work.
The new lab, which was an existing building completely gutted and then renovated based on employee input, cost $800,000. Nine scientists and two administrative personnel make up the lab staff, who handle an average of 6,000 cases a year.
A major new piece of equipment, the Snail Trap Range System, has been installed at the lab. The new system allows for a safer means of stopping bullets and has a better collection method than another system used at the former lab.
Scientists also have a much larger solid dosage drug instrument room, which now accommodates the scientists' work stations along with their equipment. Being in the same area as the instrument room facilitates the completion of drug analyses.
The KSP Eastern Forensic Laboratory is one of six KSP labs located throughout the state. It serves 20 counties, which are: Bath, Boyd, Carter, Greenup, Elliott, Fleming, Floyd, Lawrence, Lewis, Johnson, Mason, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Powell, Rowan and Wolfe.