Mayor Karl Dean, along with Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson, held the grand opening of the city's newest police precinct and the first full-service crime laboratory on Tuesday with members of the community in attendance.
Located on Myatt Drive, the Officer Paul Scurry building houses the Madison Police Precinct, as well as a community room on the first floor and the crime laboratory on the second.
The building has been dedicated to Officer Paul Scurry, who served on the Madison and east Nashville police force for 21 years before being killed in the line of duty in 1996.
A bronze plaque honoring Officer Scurry is located on the first floor lobby.
The state-of-the-art facility consists of five primary areas including DNA testing, firearms and ammunition examinations, fingerprint identification, drug identification and toxicology testing.
"Having our own crime lab will greatly enhance the investigative capabilities of our Police Department and help them solve crimes faster," Mayor Dean said. "Our police force has worked hard to bring crime rates down, and, now, with the crime lab and Madison precinct opening, Nashville will become an even safer city."
In order to achieve international accreditation, the new crime lab will undergo rigorous testing over the next several months before they can begin working on any active Nashville criminal cases.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will continue providing scientific testing to Nashville's police in the meantime.