Bowling Green Crime Lab

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The Kentucky State Patrol (KSP) currently uses six crime labs located in Frankfort, Louisville, Ashland, Madisonville, London and Cold Spring.

KSP Sgt. Kevin Pickett said that Post 3 investigators typically take evidence in drug, homicide and sexual abuse cases, particularly blood samples, to the Western branch in Madisonville, while firearms and some drug evidence is taken to the Jefferson County branch in Louisville. The Central branch, meanwhile, handles the state’s arson investigations and any DNA evidence.

“Yesterday, for instance, I went to the Central lab and the Jefferson lab and by the time I got home it was a 300-mile day,” Pickett said. “The evidence is usually gone anywhere from a month to four months, so another lab would ... take the caseload off some of these other labs, speeding up the judicial process.”

Trooper Charles Swiney said a crime lab here would help lessen the time between sending evidence for analysis and receiving the results.

Maj. Randy Hargis of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said past discussions have typically centered on moving the Western branch from Madisonville to Bowling Green, with proponents saying the larger population and the university can attract professional forensic analysts.

“I think any economic development director would tell you that location, quality of living and amenities that a city can offer are always a factor in recruiting in whatever field you’re working in,” Hargis said. “It would be the same for lab personnel.”

Bowling Green Crime Lab: Efforts to bring a Kentucky State Police crime lab to the area – efforts that have stalled repeatedly over the years – have recently been resurrected. [1]


  1. Hopes for crime lab renewed