Sioux Falls Crime Lab Receives National Accreditation
Two of the six disciplines in the lab were presented a Certificate of Accreditation
When crime occurs in the Sioux Empire, most people only see the flashing blue and red lights and the officers in badges on the scene.
But it’s the police work that is done behind closed doors that is receiving national accreditation.
Evidence that is taken from a crime scene goes to the the Sioux Falls Crime Lab.
“We currently store about 110,000 pieces,” says Crime Lab Manager Brad Johnson.
It’s also where controlled substances, blood and finger prints are analyzed.
“On a daily basis new evidence comes in, and evidence gets checked out,” says Johnson.
Johnson says the lab is vital to solving crimes, which is why they want to make sure they are doing everything up to par.
In 2009 the department started updating their policies, procedures and technical systems, and on March 11, the lab received its Certificate of Accreditation in two of the 6 forensic disciplines: The Controlled Substance Analysis and Toxicology.
“The results that we produce on a daily basis would be reproduced in another accredited lab anywhere worldwide,” says Johnson. “We’re using the same policies and we’re meeting the same standards.”
Johnson says this is just the first step toward the crime lab becoming fully accredited, something that 10 states in the nation already require.
“We thought it was important to get ahead of it, and to give increased customers confidence in our results,” says Johnson.
The next step is to get the Fingerprint Comparison, Fingerprint Development, Crime Scene and Serial Number Restorations disciplines accredited.