The Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Lab officially became Tuesday the first local level crime lab in Georgia history to receive an honor normally only given to state crime labs.
It became the first local level crime lab in Georgia to ever receive accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. That is the highest standard any crime lab in the country can achieve.
A ceremony was held at the crime laboratory's vehicle investigation building Tuesday afternoon to mark the occasion. Officials from the city of Valdosta, Lowndes County, the District Attorney's Office, ASCLD, and the crime lab itself spoke about the significance of the accreditation.
Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said the accreditation is a shining example of multiple agencies from multiple counties working together to help solve crimes and ultimately help keep South Georgia safer.
"Today," Chief Childress emphasized, "we demonstrated that we can do something together. And, not only could we do something together, but we can make history."
Chief Childress also pointed out that the FBI, ATF, and Moody had, as of Tuesday, already begun using the crime lab because of the capabilities that it offers.
And, he said his hope was that other local agencies would begin using the crime lab to help them solve their crimes.