Two major metro law enforcement agencies announce a new partnership Wednesday, sharing crime lab services.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Omaha Police Department will share resources between their crime labs. Part of the new agreement includes: an Electronic Forensic analysis Squad, the sheriff's lab will handle controlled substance & alcohol analysis and Omaha Police will take care of ballistics testing. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer touted the biggest advantage is sharing crime scene investigators between the two agencies during homicide investigations.
"We can now reach out to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office who can respond to those burglaries, can respond to some of the other property crime areas that had to be put on the back burner while we were investigating the person crime, there is the benefit right there,” Schmaderer said.
Another aspect is OPD will pay $135,000 to Douglas County to fund two additional chemists. The agreement will last five years starting January 1st, 2015 pending the approval of both the Douglas County Board and the Omaha City Council.