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Construction begins on $9 million crime lab

Construction begins on $9 million crime lab

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 Posted By: Camila Orti

After years of growth but no room to grow, the Nebraska State Patrol is getting a new crime lab.

The State Patrol and local officials broke ground at the site of the future $9 million facility Thursday morning. It's located in northwest Lincoln near NW 39th and Air Park Road.

"This facility is designed to be a state-of-the-art forensics laboratory that will really increase our efficiency," lab director Pam Zilly said.

The current facility hasn't been changed for the last 16 years. Meanwhile, the lab has expanded by seven employees and several services.

"They are so confined that they wait on each other to get to the spaces to do their work," Zilly said, "so this'll be a huge improvement for us."

After the 28-thousand-square-foot building is completed, it will more than double the lab's current space.

"It not only benefits the State Patrol and the investigations that we do, it benefits all law enforcement across the state at no additional charge to them," Neb. State Patrol Col. David Sankey said.

Officials say the Crime Lab works an average of 4,000 cases each year, providing evidence analysis and testing of fingerprints, DNA, firearms and more.

The building will house 26 workers with room for expansion. Construction should be finished in the fall of 2015.

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