The Metropolitan Police Department’s Crime Laboratory today received official notice of accreditation by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) as the result of a January inspection. Accredited status means the MNPD lab will begin gradual work on evidence from active criminal cases during April.
Ann Talbot, who has more than 30 years experience in law enforcement forensic work, was named laboratory director earlier this month.
“Having our own crime lab will greatly enhance the investigative capabilities of our Police Department and help them solve crimes faster,” Mayor Dean said. “Our police force has worked hard to bring crime rates down, and, now, with the crime lab and Madison precinct opening, Nashville will become an even safer city.”
The 82,500-square-foot building at 400 Myatt Drive represents a $40 million investment in a state-of-the-art public safety facility with cutting edge technology. The 35,500-square-foot first floor houses the Madison Precinct. Included on the first floor is a 5,840-square-foot community room that can be reserved for neighborhood and civic meetings.
The 47,000-square-foot second floor houses Nashville’s first full-service Crime Laboratory consisting of five primary disciplines: DNA/Serology, Drug Identification, Latent Print, Firearms and Tool Mark, and Toxicology.
“This state-of-the-art facility and the extremely dedicated persons who work here will play a very important role in enhancing Nashville’s public safety for decades to come,” Chief Anderson said. “The opening of this building signifies to all that Mayor Dean, Metro Council members, Nashville’s families and our officers share a partnership and unwavering commitment to the safety of neighborhoods throughout the city.”
The crime lab will be staffed by 56 persons, including scientists, administrative personnel, evidence receiving staff and fingerprint analysts.
The crime laboratory consists of these primary areas:
The number and complexity of tests varies considerably from case to case depending on the number of exhibits and the time required per test.
Crime Lab Support Units
- Evidence Receiving Unit - Receives all of the evidence for examination. Supervisor: Lou Anne Corcoran
- Administrative Unit - Includes Identification Division Captain Harmon Hunsicker, Lieutenant Chris Blackwell, Lab Director Ann Talbot, Quality Manager Ranee Ho, IT Manager Kristin Heil, Business Manager Heather Watson and Administrative Assistant Jai Taylor
- Ten Print Unit - Supervisors: Lethia Lewis, Chad Norrick and Anya Bender.
Approximate monthly output: Fingerprint the public: 250; Expungement assistance: 1,440; Identification Queries from Fingerprints: 3,880