TBI wants to charge local departments for testing at crime labs

Associated Press • Nov 3, 2009 at 12:00 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation wants to start charging local police agencies for testing done at the state’s crime labs.

Kristin Helm, a spokeswoman for the TBI, told WTVF-TV in Nashville on Monday that the agency is faced with making millions of dollars in cuts for next year’s budget so they are looking at ways to increase revenue.

The fees on forensic analysis of biological, chemical and physical evidence would have to be approved by the legislature.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said he’s concerned about the cost to local police departments, who are also trimming budgets.

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