A new regional crime lab was unveiled today during an official “grand opening” that drew dignitaries and law enforcement leaders from across the region.

A new regional crime lab was unveiled today during an official “grand opening” that drew dignitaries and law enforcement leaders from across the region.


State Police Col. Mark Delaney said the lab’s location will allow crime scene technicians to get to scenes more quickly, to work more closely with local departments and reduce time — and gas consumption — for police dropping off evidence for examination.


“We knew it would work,” he said.


Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, president of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, said the new lab is showing results quickly and helping investigators to identify suspects.


He cited the case of a Dennis teen who was abducted from her home and assaulted in May. The evidence was brought to the lab, quickly processed, and a suspect was recently arrested.


The lab — officials call it the Southeast Sub-Lab — on Riverside Drive houses criminalists, ballisticians and crime-scene technicians.


DNA testing is done at the main crime lab in Maynard but eventually it could be done at a satellite lab if there is enough qualified staff and equipment.


The regional lab will cover crime scenes in Plymouth, Bristol, Norfolk and the Cape and Island counties.


Ballistics evidence is examined daily at the new lab, helping police identify links in shootings.


Maureen Boyle can be reached at mboyle@enterprisenews.com.