Sheriff increases efficiency for victims and justice- 1st in the USA
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - 1st Sheriff and 1st Internationally Accredited Laboratory in the Country to have RapidHIT 200 online; DNA results now available in 90 minutes from 24-hours -- Eliminates or identifies suspects, closure and justice for victims.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced today the expansion of his forensic services through the addition of a unique instrument which will join the team of Forensic Scientists already helping the Department solve cases and help to the community.
Sheriff Leon Lott’s passion and constant pursuit of the most advanced technology has allowed him to acquire a $250,000 instrument at no charge to the taxpayers. The Sheriff stated that, for certain types of samples, the RapidHIT 200 is projected to replace four major pieces of instrumentation already existing in the laboratory; and will allow the three current DNA analysts to reduce costs and directly affect investigations in progress and even target trends in our neighborhoods.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Department’s DNA Laboratory staff has been working with the California based IntegenX to bring the RapidHIT 200 to Richland County. The Sheriff stated that IntegenX has provided the equipment to the Department in exchange for the purchasing of IntegenX’s “kit” to process the DNA samples. The Sheriff added that this highly sophisticated instrument, along with the highly trained Department’s Forensic Science staff, is already successfully using RapidHIT 200 to solve cases.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that between December 2013 and February 2014 the Department was investigating a series of burglaries in the Northeast Richland County area. The Sheriff stated that as the department received tips and followed up on leads the Forensic Laboratory began processing DNA left at 5 of the homes. Within two hours of processing one of the scenes, DNA scientists connected one of the three suspects with the burglary trend, using RapidHIT 200. Investigators had identified three people (one of which was a 16 year old juvenile) who they were able to compare DNA from the scene to and subsequently charge in connection with the burglary trend – taking these criminals off our streets.
Sheriff Leon Lott added that ruling out suspects is just as important as identifying them. With this added technology, to the Department’s forensic arsenal, investigators will be able to even more accurately solve cases.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that our mission is to protect from the criminals; and apprehending criminals is one corner stone to doing this. To that end, Sheriff Leon Lott will continue to pursue technology and embrace innovation in an effort to mproving the quality of life in our communities.
•For more information about the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Forensic Science Laboratory please go to: http://www.rcsd.net/inv/crimelab.htm
About IntegenX Inc.
IntegenX, headquartered in Pleasanton, California, is the market leader of Rapid human DNA identification technology. IntegenX technology platforms integrate advanced fluidics, optics, and biochemistry capabilities to produce sample-to-answer products for DNA-based human identity testing for forensics and law enforcement applications. For more information, please visit www.integenx.com.
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