State Crime Lab
The North Carolina State Crime Laboratory operates a full-service laboratory in Raleigh, a Western Regional Crime Lab in Asheville, and a Triad Regional Crime Lab in Greensboro.
Helping Solve Crimes
Lab analysts examine all types of evidence related to criminal investigations free of charge to any public law enforcement agency in North Carolina including local, state, federal, military, and railroad police organizations.
The laboratory provides consultation on the value, use, collection, and preservation of evidence, analysis of evidence, and expert testimony in court proceedings. Assistance for collecting evidence and processing crime scenes is also available upon request.
All three laboratories are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For emergency situations, services are available on a 24-hour basis.
Lab analysts have been and remain accessible to all verified attorneys who wish to ask questions about tests performed and to visit with analysts for pre-trial conferences.
The State Crime Laboratory is accredited under international standards. In June 2013, Forensic Quality Services notified the Lab that it has achieved accreditation under ISO 17025
, which provides a global basis for laboratory accreditation in management and technical requirements.
The State Crime Laboratory also remains accredited by the nation’s largest accrediting group, the American Society of Crime Lab Directors Lab Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB). Accreditation is part of the Crime Laboratory's quality assurance program in maintaining standards in management, operations, personnel, procedures, equipment, physical plant, security, and health/safety procedures.
The Western Laboratory
serves 30 western counties in latent fingerprint analysis, drug analysis, and responds to clandestine laboratory team calls. The Western Lab is directed by Forensic Scientist Manager Joseph D. Reavis
The Triad Regional Laboratory
opened in 2008 and houses 15 experts to analyze drugs, computers, fingerprints and other evidence for local law enforcement agencies in 12 Triad counties. The Triad Lab is directed by Acting Forensic Scientist Manager Elizabeth Patel.
State Crime Lab:
Laboratory Director John Byrd