New crime scene response vehicle at Wis. State Crime Lab

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)-- A new vehicle will be available to help analyze crime scene evidence across Wisconsin.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the purchase of a new Crime Scene Response Vehicle for the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory (WSCL) in Madison.

“In addition to testing evidence from across the state, the Wisconsin State Crime Labs have crime scene response teams that assist law enforcement in collecting and processing evidence in complex cases,” said Attorney General Josh Kaul. “This new crime scene response vehicle will make the crime scene response team at the Madison crime lab even more effective at the important work it does.”

In 2018, the Crime Scene Response Unit responded to 90 law enforcement requests.

In January 2019, the unit responded to six cases, resulting in 17 responses out of the lab to account for scenes that required multiple days processing time, autopsies and vehicle processing. Total unit time spent on the events in January accounted for approximately 579 analytical hours.

"It's one of a number of steps that we will be talking about to update and to enhance the capabilities our crime labs, responding to crime scenes as I mentioned is an important role that the crime labs play that help local law enforcement around the state," said Kaul.

The Crime Scene Response Unit consists of 22 staff members from all three WSCL locations. The unit primarily responds to scenes involving homicides, officer involved shootings, clandestine graves, and autopsies related to scenes.