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New State Police Crime Lab Up and Running in Belleville

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Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (IRN) - Crime scene investigators and forensic scientists in Southern Illinois are now working in a new State Police crime lab.

This is where crime scene investigators will be based, and DNA, drugs, fingerprints and ballistics will be analyzed for use by the cops and to be used as evidence in court.

“The citizens of Illinois should take comfort in knowing that the most advanced techniques available to law enforcement to put away criminals, exonerate the innocent and secure justice for victims exist and are being performed in this new facility,” State Police Director Hiram Grau said at the ribbon cutting.

The 64,000-square foot facility, officially the State Police Metro East Forensic Sciences Laboratory, is located next to Lindenwood University.

It cost $41.6 million, paid for out of the capital construction program. It replaces a facility one-quarter the size that was housed for 20 years in rented office space in Fairview Heights.

The State Police also operate crime labs in Carbondale, Springfield, Morton, Joliet, Rockford and Chicago.

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