St. Louis County Crime Lab now open for business

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CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – After delays and controversy, the new St. Louis County Crime Lab is now open for business. The new crime lab is three times larger at 31,000 square feet, giving the St. Louis County Police Department more  room for employees and equipment.

At the old crime lab, investigators had to wait in line and use certain equipment creating huge backlogs on cases that required chemical analysis, such as drug or arson investigations.

The new lab means warrants will be issued sooner and criminals could be arrested more quickly. Some of the new equipment in the lab includes a one-of-a-kind stand that allows an analyst to fire a gun by remote control from outside a protected room and better equipment for DNA analysis.

In August, the chairman of the St. Louis County Police Board, Greg Sansone, stepped down as federal investigators looked into a $3.7 million dollar deal for Sansone’s  company to work on the crime lab.

The resignation came on the heels of an FBI probe requested by Chief Fitch.