LSP announces Crime Lab backlog completely gone
BATON ROUGE - State leaders announced today that the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab has completely eliminated its backlog of cases, and is now working in real time processing evidence for other law enforcement agencies.
LSP Superintendent Mike Edmonson called the lab's efficiency "unprecedented," and gave credit to the people working in the crime lab and to a state expansion of the facility back in 2009.
"The efficiency of the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab is unprecedented in the forensic science field," he said. "I know of no other crime lab in the country that can provide real time forensic analysis across all disciplines to our law enforcement partners."
Since 2008, the Crime Lab has eliminated a backlog of over 9,300 cases. These include more than 2,860 narcotics cases, 1,000 latent print cases, over 800 firearms cases and more than 3,700 toxicology cases.
At one point LSP said it took the crime lab 1,000 days for a single piece of evidence to be processed, but that delay is now reduced to 15 days. The lab also outsourced evidence processing to other crime labs, a practice which has now been stopped.
News 2 will have more on what this means for local law enforcement tonight starting at 4 p.m.