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State Police Scraps Plans For Detroit Crime Lab

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Former MGM Grand Detroit (WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting)

Former MGM Grand Detroit (WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – The Michigan State Police is backing away from plans to putting a fully operational crime lab in the new Detroit Police Headquarters when it opens in the former MGM Grand casino. 

Instead, the State now plans to open only a training center and ballistics testing lab in the new headquarters. 

City Council President Charles Pugh said the change won’t prevent the City from moving forward with its plans for a new headquarters.

“We knew that a previous administration committing to something is always risky, when you get a new governor and they have budgetary constraints that they have to think about as well,” Pugh said.

“So, it’s disappointing, but it’s not a surprise,” he said.

The State has been processing crime evidence for the city since 2008 when Detroit shut its own crime lab down due to  a high rate of error.

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