Crime scene analysis in Calgary is making its mark with the grand opening of a new Calgary Police Service Forensic Centre today.
“Crime scene analysis is a critical part of our most complex investigations and we need to ensure these members have the equipment and workspace to do the job properly,” said Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson.
“Investigations have evolved, as have the expectations of the justice system of police services in terms of providing evidence, communicating and explaining scientific findings.”
Located at 1010 26 Ave. S.E., this 22,000 square-foot-facility was built to accommodate the work of the CPS Forensic Crime Scenes Unit. It includes a state-of-the-art forensic lab, six doublewide drive-through bays, two major crime vehicle exam bays, a stolen vehicle bay, an arson bay, biological drying facilities, office space and a photo lab and studio.
Construction of the Forensic Centre began in October 2008 and staff of the Forensic Crime Scenes Unit began moving into the facility in July 2010. It is the home of 33 staff members, including sworn officers, photographic technicians/professional photographers and civilian identification specialists.
The cost of the Forensic Centre was approximately $9 million, funded by The City of Calgary with money from the Government of Alberta’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative.
The building was designed to meet the requirements for a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation from the Canada Green Building Council.
“This new centre will improve police operations and enhance crime lab work in our city, making Calgary an even safer place to live”, said Calgary Police Commission Chair, Mike Shaikh.
Calgary Police Service Forensic Crime Scenes Unit 2009 Statistics
- Attended more than 5,500 calls for service
- Conducted more than1,500 property exhibit exams
- Completed just under 800 vehicle exams
- Executed just under 700 DNA Orders
- Attended nearly 160 Major Crimes calls
- Conducted close to 550 fingerprint identifications
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