Charleston Police hold Forensics Building ribbon-cutting

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department says they are opening a new building for their Forensic Services Division.

The CPD says the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at 1p.m. on Monday at the police’s new Forensics Services Division located at 1975 Bees Ferry Road.

A consulting firm called The Heery reported in a 2007 study that the CPD needed a new facility to consolidate forensic services into one central building.

Police say the new, state-of-the-art building is approximately 22,000 square feet and is outfitted with an American National Standards Institute National Accreditation Board accredited crime laboratory.

This laboratory will reportedly provide services in crime scene investigation, seized drug analysis, body fluid identification, serial number identification, fire debris analysis, digital and forensic video examination and latent print recovery and comparison.

The lead project architect was Stubbs, Muldrow, Herin Architects principle Billy Connell and CPD says he was assisted by Ailed Mazas.

Police say the general contractor on the project was Hill Construction Services of Charleston and Bart Bodkin was the manager of the project.

CPD plans for the future include addition of a DNA laboratory and establishing the Forensic Services Division as a National Integrated Ballistic Information Network site for ballistic evidence.

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