by Christine Kim
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Plans to build a state crime lab four times the size of the current one are being met with controversy.
Two former directors of the lab say the multi-million dollar project would be a misuse of millions of dollars.
The proposal for a new crime lab started years ago during the Palin administration.
The Department of Public Safety is waiting for more funding to start construction on the new facility, but some former employees say there's no need for a new lab.
"We're seeing more and more of this large volume of work out there that needs to be addressed, that is not being addressed because we don't have the capacity to do it," said Orin Dym, the crime lab's manager.
Dym says the lab needs $75 million more to construct a new crime lab.
He says he expects a 20 percent pickup in efficiency with the new building.