OPD's "State Of The Art" Crime Fighting Facility


We got a look behind the curtain of Omaha Police technology Tuesday.

And what we saw is a "state of the art" crime fighting facility.

OPD conducted a major overhaul of police headquarters.

The entire first floor was torn out, including the jail, and now the floor is dedicated to officer fitness, crime lab and the storing of evidence.

The property room used to look like a hoarder's nightmare.

And now, many of the improvements reduce duplication while keeping tight control over the handling of evidence.

Items are now bar coded to allow for easier filing.

Crime Lab Manager Karenina Smith said the renovation is long overdue.

"There are times when we go out and there are cases where we're bringing back a lot of evidence and we just did not have the space to work, or to store the evidence when we are working on it," she said.

There are high tech innovations as well. A 3-D scanner allows technicians to recreate intersections to determine how a crime was committed.

"We're getting a lot of use of it," OPD Criminalogist Todd Petrick said. "Major cases that's mainly what we're looking at. That's mainly what we use it for is homicides."

The one and a half million dollar renovation was paid for through the First Responder’s Critical Support Foundation.


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