Crime lab grant to PCCD

Written by Craig Rhodes and Radio Pennsylvania | Oct 11, 2015 9:26 AM




(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency is hoping to bulk up the number of accredited forensic crime labs in the state. 

The commission has just been awarded a $305,000 grant from the United States Justice Department to help forensic crime labs in the state get and stay accredited.

Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro says forensic science is needed for a variety of cases, but it is critically important in trying to combat the state's heroin epidemic.

"More and more heroin is finding its way into our communities.  It's important that our labs be able to test the drugs, find out if they are heroin or other illegal drugs and enable law enforcement to take action to get those dealers off the streets," he said.

Shapiro says there have been many complaints about slow results from the State Police crime lab, but he says the lab is overwhelmed. The increase in accredited labs at the county level should speed things up.



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