By Eames Yates
May 7, 2013
Valdosta, GA -
The Valdosta Crime Lab has recently gotten two A.T.F certified ballistics examiners allowing them to process gun evidence much faster than before.
Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said "in a lot of cases for ballistics for example we wait any where between three months to six months to get results back, now that maybe even on a good day. Now you're looking at generally the services they're offering, you're looking at a twenty one day turn around."
A quick turnaround isn't just good for prosecuting cases in court... It's good for solving ongoing investigations. Especially if A detective is fresh out of leads.
Stephen Chammoun is a Ballistics Examiner. He said "with a bullet we can do general rifling characteristics in which we can usually provide the detective with a list of fire arms that possibly fired that bullet so that would help him narrow down if he has a list of suspects and he knows that a certain suspect has this type of firearm."
Chief Childress went on to say "to our knowledge, Atlanta PD is the only other local jurisdiction in the state of Georgia right now that operates the ballistics section that we operate."
The ballistics program was payed for with federal grant money. It did not impact Lowndes County tax payers.