News 07.19.07

NYC opens new crime lab; police aim to rely more on DNA

A new $290 million crime lab that opened yesterday in New York City will expand the city’s ability to test biological evidence collected at crime scenes and in missing persons cases, officials said. And the new lab will dovetail with a departmental policy to collect more biological evidence in crimes like burglaries in an attempt to identify perpetrators and rule out the innocent more effectively.

The New York Medical Examiner’s lab currently tests about 3,000 samples for DNA evidence each year; that number could rise to more than 20,000 in the new lab, officials said. The new lab will continue to be managed by the city medical examiner’s office.


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A nationwide increase in the demand for forensic DNA testing has caused backlogs at dozens of crime labs.

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