State Police crime lab meeting new, stricter standards

GATTACA ImageThe State Police crime lab is complying with stricter standards to maintain its accreditation with an international crime lab accrediting board, officials announced at a press conference on Monday. The West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory has been accredited with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board, which accredits most forensic laboratories in the United States, since 1994. The organization is now requiring crime labs it accredits to meet 400 standards, hundreds more than earlier requirements, to maintain accreditation with the program, according to Ralph Keaton, retired executive director of the board.