HPD crime lab fails to gain accreditation

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The Chronicle‘s Steve McVicker reports that the Houston Police Department has failed in its latest attempt to gain accreditation for the crime lab:

A national panel rejected the Houston Police Department’s effort to have its troubled crime laboratory accredited by the end of February.

Mayor White and Chief Hurtt

In a meeting Saturday in New Orleans, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors told HPD lab director Irma Rios that auditors had found problems with the evidence chain-of-custody record-keeping.

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On Feb. 16, Police Chief Harold Hurtt told state lawmakers investigating the crime lab that he hoped to have it accredited by the end of February.

On Tuesday, state Reps. Kevin Bailey, D-Houston, and Robert Talton, R-Pasadena, filed a bill that would establish regional DNA crime labs that would be overseen by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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“It’s two years later and they still can’t get accredited,” the state lawmaker said. “You don’t see any real evidence that they’re making a whole lot of progress.”

In all fairness, Mayor White and Chief Hurtt have been very busy with other priorities, such as Tasers, red-light cameras, SAFEclear, and the like.

We’re sure, though, that the sky is the limit now that Chief Hurtt is in uniform.

Laurence Simon has further thoughts on this news.


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