Aurora, counties creating joint crime lab to speed evidence processing

Helix and MagnifierAURORA | A joint crime lab shared by Aurora police and two area sheriff’s offices could be a done deal by the end of the year, city officials say.
For almost a year Aurora Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office have been discussing building a joint crime lab officials say could help ease an evidence-testing backlog that law enforcement often faces.
Now, with a lengthy feasibility study of the project complete, officials say they could hammer out an agreement on the new $14 million facility by the end of 2016.