American Press, Lake Charles, La.: The never ending fight against crime in Louisiana got a boost recently when Gov. Bobby Jindal and Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson announced that the State Police Crime Lab has eliminated all case backlogs throughout its sections, including narcotics, latent prints, toxicology and firearms.
All disciplines of the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab are now providing real-time forensic support to law enforcement partners in communities across the state, allowing experts to focus on solving crimes as they happen. The turnaround time on cases has been reduced from a high of 1,000 days to less than 15 days today. This includes evidence intake, analysis, quality control review and report writing.
Jindal said that the backlog elimination is because of aggressive efforts by the Louisiana State Police and increased state funding for equipment and technology, as well as the Crime Lab expansion supported by the state in 2009.
Since 2008, the Crime Lab has eliminated a backlog of more than 9,300 cases. These include more than 2,860 narcotics cases, 1,000 latent print cases, more than 800 firearms cases and more than 3,700 toxicology cases. Officials with Louisiana State Police report there is no other crime lab in the U.S. with processing capacity like that of the LSP Crime Lab.