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Metro Police Prepare To Open New Crime Lab

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Construction on the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department's own crime lab is almost finished. The $40-million facility, which also houses the Madison Precinct, is scheduled to open in January 2014.  

Monday, Mayor Karl Dean toured the state-of-the-art facility, which was once an old Peterbilt truck plant.  

Metro plans to do DNA testing, not only on violent crimes, but also property crimes. Recent studies have shown a link between the two.

There will be a staff of five dedicated solely to working on Davidson County cases.

In the past, Metro detectives were forced to send evidence to the Tennessee Bureau of Invesitgation crime lab where scientists put together DNA profiles, test blood samples for drugs and alcohol and even perform ballistics tests on weapons.  

Detectives would have to wait several weeks, if not months to get results.

With the new lab,  toxicology results that now take several weeks should be completed in one or two.    

"I see this as absolutely an elevation of public safety techniques that our police department is going to be using. That you're going to see a direct correlation between more arrests and more crimes being solved because we have this technology here," said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.  

A ribbon cutting to officially open the new crime lab and Madison Precinct is scheduled for mid-January.

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