LOWELL, Ind. –Governor Eric Holcomb was joined by Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter Tuesday to commemorate the completion of the newly constructed Lowell State Police Post and Regional Laboratory facilities.
“This is another great day for northwest Indiana as we celebrate the opening of the new Lowell State Police Post and Regional Laboratory,” said Gov. Holcomb. “This project is years in the making and I’m grateful for state and local leadership that made it happen.”
The 40,000 square foot facility will replace the 8,000 square foot facility, which has been home to the Indiana State Police in northwest Indiana since 1977. The Lowell Regional Laboratory provides forensic analysis of criminal case evidence for all local agencies across 15 counties in northern Indiana. Building a new facility became a top priority due to an increase in demand from local law enforcement agencies requesting evidentiary analysis.
“This building isn’t just for us, this state-of-the-art facility is for the community and for those who have been victims or have family members that have been victims of violent crime,” Superintendent Carter said. “It represents all that is the very best in law enforcement and our continuing, and unwavering partnerships with those agencies in and around the Lowell District coverage area who, too, will benefit from the services provided by our dedicated laboratory personnel.”
Governor Holcomb’s Office says the upgraded Lowell Post and Regional Laboratory facility was stage 2-of-3 in a large-scale project which will modernize and increase the department’s forensic laboratory services across the entire state.
Construction on the new facility began in August 2021 and the total cost of the facility was $30 million.