The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department has opened the doors to a new crime lab and K-9 office located in a remodeled section of the old Thomas Fitzgerald Veterans Home at North 156th Street and West Maple Road.
No tax dollars were spent on the lab, which is next door to the sheriff's department headquarters. Some of the $4 million in illegal drug money seized was used to pay for the project.
“We can't use their marijuana and cocaine that we seize, but we can use the proceeds that's been forfeited and purchase equipment, canines and training,” said K-9 commander Sgt. Ed Van Buren.
Downstairs, the remodeled law enforcement center has offices, storage and kennels for the six deputies and their dogs that make up the K-9 division. Upstairs, new crime labs will provide room for state of the art forensics where crime scene investigators can analyze evidence, test drugs and perform toxicology.
The public will get the chance to view the new facility during an open house next month. The exact date has not yet been released.