Media Tour of New State Police Drug Lab in Springfield

Massachusetts State Police Release — 09092014 — Tour of New State Police Drug Lab in Springfield

Media Invited to Tour New State Police Drug Lab in Springfield

Public Safety and Security Secretary Andrea Cabral and Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Timothy Alben will host a tour of the State Police Crime Laboratory at 190 Carando Drive in Springfield. The expanded facility, which previously hosted ballistics and crime scene labs, now also includes a new drug lab that will serve all police departments in western Massachusetts.

The lab facility was expanded and the new drug lab added after the Amherst lab, where criminal drug certification testing was previously done, was closed approximately two years ago. Once fully online, the new facility will perform drug identification and certification for criminal drug samples seized by police agencies throughout the four western Massachusetts counties.

The media event will begin with a brief speaking program at 11 a.m., followed by guided tours of the lab to allow media members to observe lab’s operations, systems, and equipment, and gain a further understanding of the role of the lab in the criminal justice system. District attorney’s, legislators and other elected officials, and police chiefs from the region have also been invited to the event. Members of the State Police Media Relations unit will be on hand to direct media members.

WHAT: Tour of state’s Springfield Crime Laboratory.

WHERE: 190 Carando Drive, Springfield.

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.

PURPOSE: To familiarize media, and through them the public, with the operations of the lab and its role in the criminal justice system.