The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office had a grand opening event for its new crime lab facility.
“Moving from a 2,000 square feet facility to an 8,000 square foot facility just in the property and evidence area alone is quite a significant change.” said Sergeant Bobby Saldana.
After several years of persistence and days of construction, the new crime lab facility is complete.
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office was in desperate need of a new site.
With 60,000-80,000 items of evidence, the department was running out of storage space and wanted to avoid cross- contamination of evidence.
“For example, if you bring in a homicide shirt you don’t want to take evidence across the same room of a different case, evidence is completely separated and it’s protected for the preservation of court,” said Sheriff Mike Boudreaux.
This new state of the art facility will not only provide extra space for the collection and preservation of evidence but could also be used to generate revenue if rented out for storage space.
There is also a separate building that will be used to store vehicles withheld for evidence, plus a building with office space right next door to the Coroner’s Office.
“It’s going to make us more efficient, we can come over book our evidence, grab evidence that needs to be processed everything is going to be within walking distance for us,” Sgt. Saldana said.
Sheriffs officials said this facility will help keep evidence secure something that could give victims a piece of mind.
“For the victims in this county, we are doing everything that we can to make sure that those cases are effectively prosecuted,” Sheriff Boudreaux added.