HPD crime lab receives accreditation

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HPD’s crime lab received some good news on Wednesday:

Houston’s troubled crime lab took a giant step forward in getting the community’s confidence back, but there’s more work to be done.

All operations of the lab received national accreditation except the DNA section. It’s been closed since 2002 when an audit revealed possible contamination of evidence and poorly trained staff.

Police Chief Harold Hurtt hopes to have the DNA lab accredited and back in operation by the end of the year.

We’ll take Chief Hurtt at his word, since he has now delivered on his March promise that the crime lab would be accredited (except for the DNA section) in 90 days.


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