October 17, 2016

Latest FBI Report of High Crime Rates in Nevada Proves the Need for More Forensic Laboratory Capacity in the State

Community volunteer group NevadaCSI seeking $30 million in private funds to build a new publicly operated lab in Southern Nevada, staffed by non-sworn (civilian) personnel

HENDERSON, NEV. — The FBI’s recently released Uniform Crime Report (UCR) showed that while the nation experienced a slight decline in some types of crime through 2015, Nevada reported some of the highest crime rates in the nation for the sixth consecutive year. In 2015 the state was ranked #1 for robbery, #2 in overall violent crime, #3 burglary, #4 aggravated assault, #4 vehicle theft, #7 rape, and #9 for murder/non-negligent (willful) manslaughter. Number 1 is the worst possible, 50 is the best.

Forensic Lab Shortage — Southern Nevada does not have enough forensic lab capacity to process all available evidence. As a result, crimes remain unsolved, criminals remain free, and additional people needlessly become victims. NevadaCSI is asking for help to fix that right now.

A New Forensic Lab Will:

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About NevadaCSI

The primary purposes of the all-volunteer NevadaCSI organization are to (a) raise private funds to build, equip and support a publicly operated forensic science center in Southern Nevada; and; (b) promote the use of forensic science to increase community safety and security.

Note: Chairman Rick Workman's volunteer duties with NevadaCSI are separate and distinct from any government agency. Statements made by him, on his behalf, and/or from other representatives of NevadaCSI do not reflect nor purport to represent the City of Henderson, Henderson Police Department, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Clark County, the State of Nevada, the FBI, nor any other government organization unless otherwise stated. All solicitations for private funds are also separate and distinct from—and are not made on behalf of—those agencies.