The Michigan State Police have seven different crime labs. They have been given three extensions to correct problems within those labs in order to gain accreditation. They are on their last extension, according to the Detroit News. [Read more…]
Michigan State Police Forensics Academy to Standardize Cop Evidence Training
Police sergeants from across the state will be the first ones to gain access to a new Forensic Evidence Academy from the Michigan State Police. The academy is designed to teach cops about evidence collection and forensic procedures in an effort to streamline the evidence process and speed up the state’s labs. They hope to send officers through the academy beginning in 2013, after the initial “test drive.” [Read more…]
Free Press Uncovers Abandoned Police Evidence
In 2008 the Detroit crime lab located in Brush Park was ordered to be closed due to “sloppy investigations.” But apparently the sloppiness didn’t end when the unit stopped handling investigations. The Detroit Free Press found last week that the lab, housed in a former elementary school, still contained criminal evidence and files. [Read more…]
Roadside Drug Testing Coming to Michigan?
If some lawmakers get their way, Michigan will become the first state to allow law enforcement to test for drugs when they suspect a driver is under the influence. Similar to breath tests used in suspected DUI cases, these tests would reportedly alert cops to the presence of illegal drugs in a suspect’s body. [Read more…]