10 years, thousands of cases: Columbus Crime Lab handles evidence for investigations throughout Golden Triangle
Austin Shepherd had been with the Columbus Police Department as a crime scene investigator not quite four years in 2007 when he and a police investigator went to then Chief Joseph St. John and pitched the idea of starting a local crime lab.
Austin Shepherd said he planned to fist-pump when he got back to his office.
At least three Columbus councilmen are warming to the idea of hiring two more full-time forensic scientists for Columbus Police Department’s crime lab.
Everything in the Columbus crime lab starts with evidence collection.
City officials may look to bolster Columbus Police Department’s crime lab staffing after an update on a department-wide evaluation from consultant K.B. Turner.
On Wednesday, the Columbus Police Department Crime Lab presented Mississippi State University with equipment for the university’s forensics program.