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NCJ Number: 230003 Find in a Library
Title: Deployable Labs
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2010
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
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Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes the successful deployment of mobile forensic labs in the States of Iowa and Michigan.
Abstract: Following the observation of the United States Navy’s Combined Explosives Exploitation Cell (CEXC); a mobile laboratory for improvised explosives devices analysis activities, the director of the Forensic Technologies Center of Excellence (CoE) and the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) saw potential for using these deployable forensic labs whenever needed. The deployable labs are describes as shipping containers that fold out. They are self-contained labs. This paper describes how these deployable forensic labs, once made available, were put to the test in Cedar Rapids, IA following the massive floods in 2008. Cedar Rapids used the deployable unit for slightly more than a year before returning to its new facilities. In Michigan, the Michigan State Police have utilized two deployable labs, however not due to a natural disaster, but to budget cuts.
Main Term(s): Crime laboratories
Index Term(s): Forensic medicine; Forensic sciences; Police effectiveness; Policing innovation; Science and Technology
Note: Reprinted from the Winter 2010 issue of TechBeat.
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