St. Paul mayor urges lab to add accreditation, scientists

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS and CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: July 20, 2012 - 11:52 PM

The St. Paul mayor wants the police chief to explore accreditation and further training.

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kamkamJul. 20, 12 5:33 PM

What is the background of those currently working there if the mayor is recommending scientists start working there?

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dflleftJul. 20, 12 5:43 PM

GOOD IDEA COLEMAN, instead of issuing press releases about boycotting the state of Arizona and instead of claimimg to be a sanctuary city for illegals, perhaps you might spend some time trying to get your police dept up to standards along with the crime lab.

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thunderJul. 20, 12 7:00 PM

Management issues, lack of oversight or the beginning of gutting government?

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jpminnJul. 20, 12 7:12 PM

Face it, SPPD, and Ramsey County Sheriff have no accountability to anyone, including the mayor. From the same leadership that brought you Gang Strike Force, Democratic National Convention, and now this "laboratory". Looks like the SPPD borrowed a few chapters out of "METH LAB BASICS".

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bikiesterJul. 20, 1210:28 PM

The lab really doesn't need "more" scientists. It simply needs 1 scientist who actually understands the scientific method and can restructure this mess. Preferably this scientist would have more specialized training than the "various sciences" talked about in the article--a Ph.D. in forensic science, genetics, analytical chemistry or a similar field. It is painfully apparent that, from the top down, they don't have a clue what is needed. It's interesting that the driver for change in the functioning of this lab happens to be defense attorneys and expert witnesses provided by the defense in a criminal case. Seems like the best course of action would be to gut this lab and start from scratch with people who know what they are doing.

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