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Regional crime lab in Andover faces crossroads in DNA testing


A recent dip in demand for fingerprint testing has turned out to be a saving grace at Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory in Andover.

It’s allowed lab Director Scott Ford to shift a scientist from latent prints to biology, where there’s been a sharp influx in case submissions, especially in DNA testing. So far this year, the lab has fielded 720 new biology cases — up more than 30 percent over last year. Criminal sexual conduct case submissions have also more than doubled.

The lab, a joint venture of Anoka, Sherburne and Wright counties, is hiring a fourth forensic scientist to help tackle the growing demand for testing. It’s one of only four crime labs in the state accredited in biology. The others are the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) labs in Bemidji and St. Paul and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab.


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