Police board 'against forensic lab move'

posted 3 Sept 2010, 05:10 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
Controversial plans to downgrade Edinburgh's police forensic laboratory have been given a unanimous thumbs-down by Lothian and Borders police board.

Members gave their backing instead to an alternative proposal to maintain all the services currently provided by the lab at Howdenhall, while improving the efficiency of the operation, including the introduction of new technology.

Scotland currently has four forensic labs, but a consultation paper published last month in a bid to find savings of up to £3.5m outlined four options, including closure of the Edinburgh and Aberdeen labs or the reduction of services on these sites with most work transferred to Dundee or Gartcosh, near Glasgow.

The police board supported option two, keeping the full range of work at all four labs, but with savings of £2m through technology and other efficiencies.

Liberal Democrat councillor Marilyne MacLaren said there was a "deep unease" that the other options would mean an inferior service with hidden extra costs from sending personnel and materials to Dundee.

Source: Edinburgh Evening News