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Testing Demands Put Crime Lab Behind

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Those in the business say the depiction of
crime scene investigations on television shows is not exactly
accurate. For instance, CSI personnel get DNA results much more
quickly than is possible in real life.

Major Wayne Mayfield says the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab
needs 12-15 more analysts to meet testing demand, particularly in
DNA analysis. He says state police will continue to push for a new
lab facility in western Kentucky, mirroring the central crime lab
in Frankfort.

About 135 Kentucky State Police Crime Lab scientists and support
staff analyze evidence from more than 50,000 cases annually. More
than 400 Kentucky agencies depend on the state police lab to help
prove criminal cases through tests on everything from blood, drugs,
and fingerprints to ballistics and trace evidence.

Mayfield says the growing backlog in the DNA testing section
creates a six-month waiting period.


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