The chief forensics officer at the Austin Police Department’s crime lab said funding for three new forensic chemists will enable the department to eliminate a backlog of samples that is causing unprecedented delays in resolving criminal cases.
After the county’s 13 criminal judges sent a letter asking Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and City Council members to immediately hire at least three forensic scientists, the council two weeks ago allocated $181,000 of a multimillion-dollar budget surplus for more staffing at the lab.
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