Thursday, July 22, 2010

Budget Cuts Triples Backlog in Narcotics Lab

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said recently that the reduction of employee’s overtime resulting from budget cuts is slowing down the analysis of evidence in their narcotics lab.

Sheriff Lee Baca wrote a report to the LA County Board of Supervisors stating that the department is experiencing problems in the support and investigative units as a result of the budget cuts to aid the $128 million gap.

It has been reported earlier that the average backlog last year of 256 unanalyzed cases has ballooned to around 920 cases. The expert analysts who used to handle these cases were not allowed to work on overtime because of the budget restraint.

Other local law enforcement agencies are also affected in the said delays as they send evidence to the narcotics lab to be analyzed.