It’s not the next crime television show, but for the Calgary police service the new city Forensic Centre is even better.
The new forensic services centre officially opened Thursday and means all of the forensic services can be available under one roof now, according to police Chief Rick Hanson.
“Crime scene analysis is a critical part of our most complex investigations and this state-of-the-art forensic lab ensures we have the right workplace and equipment to do the job,” Hanson said.
There are also six double-wide drive-through bays, two major crime vehicle exam bays, a stolen vehicle bay, an arson bay, office space and a photo lab and studio.
“This will help us do our jobs much more efficiently and it’s like a one-stop-shop under one roof,” Sgt. Jim Edwards said.
“The older building was quite antiquated and there were three different buildings so it made things a little more difficult.”
Mayor Dave Bronconnier said the centre doesn’t only meet the city’s current needs but was also built in anticipation of future needs.
A one-stop forensic shop