State-of-the-art crime lab opens in Wakefield

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A £21 million state-of-the-art regional crime lab has opened in Wakefield.

The forensic and scientific support centre at Calder Park will help solve crimes for West Yorkshire Police and other forces in Yorkshire and on Humberside.

The new Alec Jeffreys Building has been named after the founding father of DNA profiling, Sir Alec Jeffreys.

Coun Mark Burns-Williamson, chairman of West Yorkshire Police Authority, said: “The specialists working here will benefit enormously from the improved facilities, which in turn will help West Yorkshire Police and the forces in the region to take advantage of the latest in crime fighting techniques for many years to come.

“The Police Authority is pleased to support this investment, as it is good news for the people of Wakefield District as well as West Yorkshire and beyond in the fight against and detection of crimes.”

The Alec Jeffreys Building, just off junction 39 of the M1 motorway, is home to the Scientific Support Department, the Force Imaging Unit, Scenes of Crime and Forensic Specialists.