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State Police purchase new mobile crime lab

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 Olivia Cianci

            Rhode Island State Police have purchased a mobile crime laboratory paid for by federal forfeiture funds. The vehicle is replacing a 22 year old crime scene van.

            Many crime scene vehicles are used to transport personnel and equipment to the scene, and to bring evidence back to the laboratory for processing. The new mobile crime lab, however, allows the evidence to be processed on scene- greatly enhancing efficiency of crime scene investigations.

            The mobile crime lab will be deployed throughout the state to local police departments and can be used to examine evidence, detect fingerprints, process chemicals and develop evidence, take close up photography, track evidence and report writing.

            The vehicle also has storage space for crime scene equipment and an onboard generator that can power all of the equipment and lighting.

            “The mission of the State Police is to respond to incidents statewide and to assist our federal and local law enforcement partners with their investigations,” says Colonel O’Donnell. “The new mobile crime laboratory will help ensure that our Troopers are properly equipped in order to perform the latest crime scene investigations and forensic analysis techniques.” 
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