FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Indiana State Police cut the ribbon on its new forensic lab at the Fort Wayne post on Wednesday.
ISP Superintendent Doug Carter says it’s been a long time coming.
“It’s kind of euphoric right now,” he said. “I’ve got to kind of pinch myself to realize this is actually happening.”
The facility has been in the works since 2014 when ISP Major Steve Holland, the head of the Laboratory Division, took the idea to Carter.
“Production capacity does not meet the demand for our services,” Holland said. “With these 45-year-old buildings that we’re replacing, we do not have the space to hire additional staff.
“Or if we would hire staff, we don’t have the power and supply needed to support those staff.”
The lab staff have been working in tight quarters in the old building, but now they have more space and equipment to work with.
Carter says it’s important for the lab to keep up with the latest technology.
“Now DNA’s done on things you can’t even see,” he said. “So it’s totally changed and we have to keep up with that curve, and we’re able to do that with all of our disciplines”
The lab analyzes evidence from 18 counties for state, county and city police departments.
Carter said the impact of the new facility will reach far beyond the officers and staff.
“It’s really for our communities, and those that have been victims, or have had family members that are victims of very very violent crime,” he said.
“To bring conclusions and closure, convictions, of some of the worst of the worst criminals in the state,” Carter said. “This is the only place that does it, and I’m really proud of that.”
Two more new labs are in the works: one in Lowell, in northwest Indiana, will open in 2022, and one in Evansville, in souhwest Indiana will open in 2023.