Fort Worth Police's Crime Lab to Resume DNA TestingJul 06, 2012
By Deanna Boyd
A decade after shutting down its DNA unit amid backlogs and accusations of shoddy work and contamination, the Fort Worth Police Department is ready to resume DNA analysis.
|DNA samples in the new Fort Worth police DNA lab. Ten years ago the department stopped doing DNA analysis because of allegations of shoddy work and contamination. The department will resume DNA testing; this time in their new state-of-the-art crime lab that opened June 2010. Shot at Fort Worth police crime lab in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, July 5, 2012. Courtesy of Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner|
The lab's two forensic scientists will begin working cases Monday, crime lab Director Tom Stimpson said Thursday. With the training of three other scientists at least six months away, Stimpson said, he hopes that the Police Department can stop outsourcing most DNA testing within a year.
"The benefit to the department for us really is going to be the turnaround time and the selection of what we can test," Stimpson said. "Now we're in full control of our evidence. We can test what we want and when we want it."