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Department of Public Safety, Rankin County partner for forensic scientist

Credit Department of Public Safety news release

The Mississippi Forensics Laboratory (MSFL) has entered a partnership with Rankin County whereby Rankin County will employ a designated forensic scientist assigned to the  MSFL to provide forensic analysis of seized drugs collected within the county.  

“We are excited to enter into this new agreement between the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory  (MSFL) and Rankin County,” said Crime Lab Director Mary Dukes. “We envision this program will aid the MSFL backlog reduction efforts and provide timely analysis of current cases submitted  by Rankin County for drug analysis, and ultimately a more efficient adjudication process.” 

The MSFL will provide the Rankin County funded forensic scientist access to all lab analysis capabilities, including workspace, instrumentation, and support necessary to perform forensic drug  evidence analysis for Rankin County submissions.  

“This partnership will not only benefit Rankin County, but will help our entire state,” said  Commissioner Sean Tindell. “Thank you to the Rankin County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Bailey, and all other partners who came together to make this possible. I anticipate more opportunities like this will arise in other counties across our state in the future.”  

The dedicated scientist funded by Rankin County will be capable of performing any required  analysis according to MSFL standards of education, training, competency, proficiency, policy and  procedures, safety and security, and objectives in forensic testing, in accordance with ANAB  accreditation and the MSFL Quality System. 

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