A new Kentucky State Police crime lab is open in Madisonville.
The lab serves all of western Kentucky and replaces one the KSP outgrew. Western lab commander Lt. Mark Mayes says the completion of the lab ends a four year project.
He says the new building is about 1,900 square feet larger to allow more space to analyze evidence, check blood alcohol levels and conduct polygraph tests.
“The new building was built from the ground up designed as a laboratory,” Mayes says. “In the past the lab has always had to fit in an existing office structure or originally back in 1975 they had to adjust to fit into the old TB hospital in Madisonville.”
The western lab is one of six crime labs in the state. Mayes says it currently employs 12 workers but says there is an opening the KSP plans to post next week.