Third state crime lab opens in Lowell

New lab to make testing easier, faster

By Julianna Clipson

LOWELL, Ark. (KFSM) — The new Arkansas State Crime Lab in Lowell officially opened Tuesday (Oct. 1), making it easier and faster to get evidence tested in criminal cases.

Local law enforcement and prosecutors say the new crime lab will make their jobs more streamline all while helping out the public at the same time.

With the doors now open on the third crime lab in the state, relief should come to a large amount of evidence backed up in Little Rock.

"I think if the state hadn’t done this that problem would have only gotten worse," said Nathan Smith, Benton County Prosecuting Attorney.

Smith says the new state crime lab in Northwest Arkansas will not only help police departments but will help his office work more efficiently as well.

"I think it will inevitably make disposition of cases in the court more efficient and it will also allow law enforcement agencies to make better use of their time," Smith said.

Before the Lowell crime lab opened, area law enforcement agencies would have to spend the day driving to and from Little Rock to deliver evidence for testing.

"They are going to have more of their officers in their cities patrolling their streets than they are driving back and forth on the interstate and that’s where they want them to be in the first place," Smith said. READ MORE.

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