Michigan State Police Crime Lab Woes PersistJul 08, 2012
By Mike Martindale
|Guns sit at the Sterling Heights crime lab, which is one of the state police's seven such facilities, where problems were found. Courtesy of Charles V. Tines/The Detroit News
Inspections at the Michigan State Police's seven crime labs found procedural problems, including how evidence is handled, that need to be corrected before the agency gets a new international accreditation, according to documents obtained by The Detroit News.
Among the issues: incomplete records, security lapses and improper storage of chemicals used in tests, according to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. A national accreditation board issued 118 "corrective action requests."
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board, which was paid $69,410 to do the last inspections in December, has given the state police Forensic Science Division until this month to correct the problems.
Source: The Detroit News