The closure of state crime labs, including the crime lab in Chattooga County is causing some law enforcement officials to worry that cases might become backlogged due to the closures.
The deputy director of the GBI said that will not be the case. Dr. George Herrin has stated that the scientist that work at the crime labs will still be working.
While the buildings are closing, the scientists are transferring to the other five state labs. The Columbus, Summerville and Moultrie labs are affected. The Columbus lab focuses on drugs and tests firearms. The Summerville and Moultrie labs take care of blood alcohol and drug tests.
Closing the labs is expected to save $700,000 a year. Herrin told CBS Atlanta that tight budgets consolidation takes priority over the convenience of operating labs throughout the state.