State funds BCI lab at BGSU PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN & DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writers   
Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:03
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab in Bowling Green would be expanded and add an educational component to its mission under a plan included in Gov. John Kasich's capital improvements budget for 2013-2014 presented Wednesday in Columbus.
The budget recommends spending $11.5 million to build a state-of-the-art crime lab and investigations on the campus of Bowling Green State University.
Tim Keen, director of the Office of Budget and Management, said that the project would both allow the lab to be expanded and create  "a unique, first of its kind partnership between BCI and BGSU. The collaboration aims to advance the forensic sciences while preparing future scientists and investigators to leave college immediately ready for employment in the public safety field."
Dave Kielmeyer, spokesman for BGSU, said the site of the new facility had yet to be determined.
"Locating the new BCI facility on the campus of Bowling Green State University is a win-win situation," said Attorney General Mike DeWine said, in a statement. "BCI will expand its space to better serve law enforcement in northwest Ohio while working hand in hand with the university to help prepare the next generation of forensic scientists and investigators."
According to BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey, the university is just beginning to explore ways it can collaborate with the new lab. "The possibilities are endless," Mazey said. "The facility will help build upon our strengths in the sciences and criminal justice. We also look forward to research initiatives to develop new cutting edge techniques."
"These types of collaborations are good for Ohio," Mazey added. "Attorney General DeWine and the governor are to be applauded for their vision and willingness to pursue this partnership."
Lisa Hackley, a spokesman for DeWine, said that the state is committed to maintaining the BCI lab in Bowling Green, but the existing facility is "very limited on space."
The new project would address that space issue while enabling the Attorney General's office "to work hand in hand with BGSU to help prepare students in law enforcement, public safety, forensic science and criminal justice."
She said she did not know how many people the new center would employ. "We're at the very beginning," she said.

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