The Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory’s fundamental values are: Integrity, Quality, Service and Justice. The laboratory is dedicated to assisting law enforcement agencies in the investigation of criminal offenses by providing professional examination of evidentiary material. The laboratory provides experienced forensic personnel to examine evidence submitted by various law enforcement agencies, through the utilization of the most up-to-date scientific equipment, technologies and methodologies. Expert witness testimony is provided by trained laboratory professionals as required.
In April 2015, the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory became the first locally-operated crime laboratory ever in Georgia to obtain crime laboratory accreditation through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB-International). This distinguished achievement has only been obtained by state and federal laboratories. This process was extremely difficult and included a rigorous review of laboratory procedures, training, and equipment by five out-of-state assessors.
In February 2019, the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory obtained accreditation through the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), who merged with ASCLD/LAB-International. ANAB is the longest established provider of accreditation based on ISO standards for forensic agencies in the United States. ANAB is recognized internationally in accrediting organizations to ISO/IEC 17025. This recognition ensures global acceptance of ANAB-accredited laboratories’ test reports.
Laboratory accreditation ensures the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory is following professional and validated business practices in the area of evidence analysis while at the same time providing fast service to local agencies in South Georgia/North Florida.