Grand Opening For MNPD Madison Precinct, DNA Crime Lab
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson led a grand opening for the new Madison Police Precinct and DNA Crime Laboratory on Tuesday morning.
The building was dedicated to Officer Paul Scurry, who served the families and businesses of Madison and East Nashville for 21 years until he was fatally wounded while attempting to arrest a fugitive on May 17, 1996.
His daughter, Melanie Scurry West, cut the ribbon outside the 82,500 square foot facility at 400 Myatt Drive. A bronze plaque honoring Officer Scurry is on the first floor lobby of the new building.
The 35,500-square-foot first floor houses the Madison Precinct, which began operations in temporary quarters next door on January 1, 2012. The first floor also includes a 5,840-square-foot community room that can be divided into two separate rooms.
The 47,000-square-foot second floor houses Nashville's first full-service Crime Laboratory consisting of five primary disciplines: DNA/Serology Unit, Drug Identification Unit, Latent Print Unit, Firearms and Tool Mark Unit, and Toxicology Unit.
"Having our own crime lab will greatly enhance the investigative capabilities of our Police Department and help them solve crimes faster," Mayor Dean said. "Our police force has worked hard to bring crime rates down, and, now, with the crime lab and Madison precinct opening, Nashville will become an even safer city."
Officials said 117 people, including patrol officers, Flex officers, detectives and administrative staff, will work out of the precinct. Fifty six people will staff the crime lab, including scientists, administrative personnel, evidence receiving staff and fingerprint analysts.
The crime lab must undergo rigorous testing in order to achieve international accreditation, which officials hope will happen later this year. The lab will begin work on active cases after that. In the meantime, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will continue to provide scientific testing to Nashville's officers and detectives.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.