|BGSU, state AG office partner for new BCI crime lab on campus|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 07 June 2013 09:30|
A new Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime lab to be built on the campus of Bowling Green State University will be home to an emerging partnership between the university and the Ohio Attorney General's Office based on a budget amendment approved by the Ohio Senate Thursday.
State Senator Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, sponsored the amendment to establish the Ohio BCI Forensic Research and Professional Training Center beginning in 2014. Gardner's amendment provides $600,000 for the program, which is expected to be the only one of its kind in Ohio upon implementation.
Six years ago then Attorney General Marc Dann threatened to close the Bowling Green BCI crime lab and move it to Toledo. The issue remained unresolved until current Attorney General Mike DeWine, with strong support from Northwest Ohio law enforcement officials, agreed to keep the lab in Bowling Green and expand its capabilities on the BGSU campus.
"I am especially grateful that Attorney General DeWine is making a tremendous commitment to supporting law enforcement and modernizing our crime lab efforts here in Northwest Ohio," Gardner said. "He has gone one step further and endorsed this new partnership with BGSU that will enhance our ability to solve crimes while providing a valuable new educational opportunity for BGSU students."
DeWine wrote a letter to Gardner in May in support of the partnership.
"The proposed Ohio Forensic Research and Professional Training Center will foster the development of new cutting-edge forensic science research techniques and will create educational opportunities in the forensic science field for students," DeWine said in his letter. "The center will make Ohio a national leader by advancing the pioneering collaboration between BGSU and the Attorney General's office."
The budget bill will now be considered by a joint House-Senate conference committee before the bill goes to the governor by June 30.
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