A new long-awaited regional crime laboratory could begin processing vital ballistic analysis and DNA evidence for hundreds of unsolved property crimes as early as May, police said Thursday.
Local police and city officials on Thursday introduced the Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory that authorities said will allow quicker processing of crime scene evidence in Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena.
“We could use DNA early on to intercede as rapidly as possible,” Glendale Police Ron De Pompa said at the news conference. “The sooner we intercede, the sooner we identify the culpable suspects, the sooner we break that crime cycle.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) secured $1.5 million in 2009 to establish the lab and relieve a DNA-testing backlog in violent and property crimes, in addition to Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena police investigations.
“The growth of a regional lab like this helps to empower the people in these communities to make sure that people who are victimized here don’t go without redress,” Schiff said.