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10/22/07-Tyler

Local Crime Lab To Benefit From Proposition 4

Early voting is now underway and millions of dollars for crime-fighting in East Texas are at stake.

Proposition 4 would allow the state to issue up to $1 billion in bonds for repair, improvements, and construction.

At Tyler's Department of Public Safety office, $6.8 million would go to expand and improve the crime lab. 

The lab's supervisor said it needs to be expanded several times its current capacity as more drugs and guns are coming in than ever. With limited space, there's a perpetual backlog.  

"Perhaps [we can] work a few more exhibits that are in the cases, and I know the prosecution would like that. But in many instances, it's prohibitive for us to spend an inordinate amount of time when there are other cases waiting for us to complete," said lab supervisor Keith Pridgen.

Proposition 4 would also expand seven other DPS crime labs around the state. The Tyler DPS region crime lab serves every county in East Texas.

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