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County will build new lab for CSI
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Forsyth County News

One critical unit of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office could soon have a new home after months of improvising in a small space.

Tuesday, the county commission voted 5-0 to build a 1,500-square-foot laboratory for crime scene technicians, who have had to work out of a vehicle processing lab next to the north precinct off Keith Bridge Road.

The $99,100 project could be finished in about four months, according to Donna Kukarola, the county's purchasing director. It will be built behind the north precinct.

Several divisions of the sheriff's office were relocated to the north and south precincts after reports of "sick building syndrome" surfaced in February.

The move included those who worked in the Criminal Investigations Division annex and the Crime Scene Investigations building.

The employees, who included homicide, sex crime and robbery investigators, were later moved into an office building at 475 Tribble Gap Road, north of downtown Cumming.

Katrina Murdock, the crime scene unit's supervisor, said she and two other full-time employees are "definitely looking forward to" the new building.

"This will give us a better facility to allow us to use more processes," Murdock said Wednesday. "And by that I mean, right now we're limited to what we can do with our evidence, because we don't have the proper area to process it."