BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Berkeley County officials say they are holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new Forensic Services Building.
The brand-new Forensic Services Building is located behind the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office in Moncks Corner and the BCSO says there will be a ribbon cutting 4 p.m. Monday.
The building cost approximately $1.23 million and records show the new facility was funded by a general obligation bond, that includes tax revenue.
The 6,850 square-foot building for the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Division is replacing a facility the department previously used for storage. Records show that facility was about a mile away from the sheriff’s office and it was built back in 2000.
Berkeley County spokesperson Hannah Moldenhauer says the new facility is nearly three times larger.
Moldenhauer says the new building will offer more space to house evidence and will offer support space for The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office’s Forensic Team as they investigate and research cases around the county.
The new facility offers an expanded forensic laboratory and packaging room, which Moldenhauer says will help improve daily evidence investigations.
A new conditioned garage paired with a vehicle lift is expected to help the sheriff’s office examine vehicles and other large evidence.
Moldenhauer says the new building will also be equipped with a public lobby, conference room and back-up generator.
Monday’s ribbon-cutting is open to the public and Moldenhauer says there is not an online streaming option.
Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb, Sheriff Duane Lewis, Lt. Governor Pamela Evette, and other local and state leaders will help officially open the new facility.
The BCSO says the ribbon cutting will be held at 223 North Live Oak Drive in Moncks Corner.