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Crime labs combine in Black Hawk County

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

It's a team effort. Authorities in Black Hawk County are joining forces to take a more in-depth look at crime. The Waterloo Police Department and Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office are consolidating services for forensic and crime lab investigations.

Over the past couple of years these two agencies have been making an effort to work together. Now investigators will be working side by side in the combined crime lab. It's a plan that Sheriff Tony Thompson says just makes sense.

"We all work together on big cases anyway. This is one of those opportunities for us to take those forensics services, those crime lab type services and merge both equipment and personnel together so we can have a broader more dynamic spectrum of capability," said Thompson.

These investigators keep track and catalog all evidence, everything from finger prints to blood splatter to even tire tracks. They also prepare to be presented at trial.

"That way the county attorneys inherit the same consistent processing of a crime scene each time. Everybody does something all of us together on the same sheet of music and approaching the crime scene in the same exact way hopefully we'll improve or prosecution rates as well," said Thompson.

Sheriff Thompson also says the results won't just be seen in the courtroom, but also on the streets.

"We've got a good partnership with the Waterloo Police Department. We've got a good cooperation with the street level officers and with the administration so this is just a very logical next step for us to be taking," said Thompson.

This merger will officially take place July 1st. The lab will initially be located at the Waterloo police department but officials say they will be looking for room to grow and expand in the near future.

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