THE NEW STATE CRIME LAB ~ General Information
Additional funding is needed for building construction, project management, construction administration, furnishing / fixtures / equipment and move-in costs.
"It's expensive to run a lab, but its value can't be understated," says Commander William Peters of the Mesa Police Department (speaking about Mesa's 2007 new crime lab).
Burglaries are being fully investigated
The new crime lab has the capacity to perform DNA and other analysis on burglary evidence. This DNA data will be entered into the CODIS database. Should the offender's DNA match DNA already in the CODIS database, a match may enable law enforcement agencies to aprehend perpetrators of other unsolved crimes, link crimes and establish patterns. It will also enable police to aprehend criminals whose escalating criminal behavior, left unchecked, may include bolder and more violent crimes.
To prevent rape and murder
could have been taken off the street after his second rape/murder--before he reached victims number three through nine. Seven lives could potentially have been saved. This cutting-edge technology has been proven to save lives in cases such as this, and Alaskans deserve this level of protection.
To make our roads safer
Over 300 toxicology cases per year were not even being submitted to the lab for analysis because law enforcement agencies knew the old lab didn’t have the capacity to run the analysis. Furthermore, the cost to send toxicology samples out of state for analysis was expensive, and causes delayed results. The new lab is able to perform toxicology analysis, thus making Alaska's roads safer. Toxicology data analysis also helps in solving rape, murder, and other violent crimes.
To exonerate the innocent
The Innocence Project, established by the Legislature, mandates that evidence be stored indefinitely so it will be available to exonerate innocent detainees in prison. Long term storage of evidence is also mandatory if cold cases are to be worked to successful outcomes long into the future.
To enable crimes to be prosecuted, not dismissed
Everyone has a right to a speedy trial. If the crime lab cannot keep up with the forensic caseload, cases against suspects may be dropped. Victims of crimes also have a right to see closure to cases in a timely manner. The new crime lab can accomodate the anticipated case load for our current and growing population and enable timely prosecution of all types of cases.
Speedier Capture of Criminals (such as the killer of Bonnie Craig)
If our old Alaska Crime Lab had the capabilities in 1994, when Bonnie Craig was murdered in Anchorage, Alaska, to process DNA and enter it into a National DNA database, Bonnie Craig's murderer might have been caught a decade earlier. We may never know what other crimes he was responsible for during the years that he was free to roam the US. Our Alaska law enforcement agencies deserve to be equipped with the best crime-fighting and crime-solving technology available.