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New Effort to Get Federal Funding for Crime Lab


There's going to be a new push for federal funding for a second crime lab in Missouri. U.S. Senator Kit Bond was in Springfield today to discuss the need for a second facility. He says he'll do what he can to secure federal funding for the project. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

IN SOME CASES, TO GET EVIDENCE PROCESSED IN THE STATE'S SINGLE CRIME LAB TAKES SIX MONTHS OR LONGER.

SO, GETTING A SECOND CRIME LAB IN MISSOURI IS A MATTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY FOR GREENE COUNTY PROSECUTOR DARRELL MOORE.

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE ALL TOO AWARE OF THOSE INDIRECT COSTS OF HAVING A CRIME LAB WITH A TREMENDOUS BACKLOG OF CASES.

CAPTAIN STEVE HINSLEY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE CRIME LAB WHICH IS LOCATED IN JEFFERSON CITY.

THAT'S WHY HINSLEY AND OTHERS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO FUND A SECOND CRIME LAB