Lt. Mark Mayes
Western Laboratory Branch
KSP Madisonville Lab Moving To New Facility
Date of News Release: 09/26/2011
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police Western Laboratory Branch in Madisonville is preparing for a big move. In late winter 2011 or early spring 2012, it will vacate its current 7,400 square-foot location in the Martin Mall complex and occupy a new 9,200 square-foot facility currently under construction on Hanson Road in the Skyline subdivision.
"We have outgrown our current building, which is an office renovated to be a laboratory," explains Lt. Mark Mayes, commander of the lab. "There is no storage and work areas for analysts are cramped. Our solid dose drug chemistry section is spilt into two rooms and the clandestine lab is in an old firearms shooting range."
The new facility, he says, will be designed as a laboratory "from the ground up."
It will house a staff of 14 including, two administrative specialists, six forensic chemists, two forensic biologists, two breath alcohol analysts, one polygraph examiner as well as Mayes, who is also responsible for the KSP labs in Louisville and Frankfort.
According to Mayes the new building will also ensure that the lab meets stringent ISO 17025 quality standards required by the American Academy of Crime Laboratory Directors-Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB), which accredited the lab in June of this year.
"There is a push nationwide to ensure that forensic laboratories are of the highest standard and produce the highest quality product," he adds. "It will enable us to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth by responding to the needs of local, county and state law enforcement agencies and courts throughout the area."
The KSP Western Laboratory Branch is one of seven crime labs operated by the agency throughout the state. Serving an area from Bowling Green to Owensboro and all counties west of that line, the lab offers services that include solid dose chemistry, clandestine laboratory analysis, toxicology (blood alcohol), forensic biology (DNA screening), breathalyzer repair and preliminary testing calibrations and polygraph duties.