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Springfield Officials Cut Ribbon for New Crime Lab

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Governor Matt Blunt along with other Springfield officials participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new state crime lab in Springfield Monday. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports.

Blunt said the new crime lab will help to get criminals off the street and acquit those who are innocent in less time.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol receives over 23,000 criminal cases a year and the new lab will increase forensic analysis by 30 percent.

Before now, DNA, fingerprints and firearm analysis had to be taken to Jefferson City.

Blunt says the new crime lab will improve law enforcement in Springfield and relieve some pressure from the Jefferson City lab.

For KSMU News, I’m Kristian Kriner.