Solano County crime lab celebrates 10 years – Vacaville Reporter
This year, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office’s Bureau of Forensic Services is celebrating a major milestone. Ten years ago, the county opened its first forensic lab.
The lab was established in 2009 under then-DA David W. Paulson and officially opened for business in Feb. 2010. The lab is responsible for testing seized drug samples, in addition to forensic alcohol and toxicology testing for Solano’s law enforcement agencies. The bureau also manages the breath alcohol devices used by law enforcement agencies throughout the county.
“The past 10 years at BFS lab have been full of many changes and great opportunities for both personal and professional growth,” criminalist Sam Mahil said in a press statement. “This lab has grown from an empty space into a Forensics Laboratory serving the law enforcement agencies throughout Solano County. Over the last few years, we have improved our technology which in turn has improved our turnaround time for casework.”
The lab achieved regulatory compliance for the analysis of forensic alcohol specimens by the California Department of Public Health in June 2010 and was accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors’ Laboratory Accreditation Board on May 24, 2012.
“It’s rare in the field of forensic science to get to start a brand-new lab, and that is one of the things that drew me to Solano County,” criminalist Nate Overlid, one of the lab’s founding members, said in a press statement. “From running the very first blood sample in the lab to starting entirely new sections there has been a real opportunity to make a significant contribution. I also feel an immense sense of pride for what the Solano County lab has been able to accomplish in the last 10 years.”