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Forensic Division
DNA Laboratory

In 2004, Greenville County entered into a partnership with Greenville Technical College to open a DNA testing laboratory for law enforcement purposes. Physical laboratory space was provided on the campus of Greenville Technical College. Grant funding was utilized for the majority of the financial support to open this laboratory. Greenville County agreed to provide staff and the financial support for operation of the laboratory. After encountering many challenges along the way, the DNA Laboratory achieved ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation through ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) in March 2011. With this accreditation, Greenville County became the third governmental DNA Laboratory to become accredited and operational in South Carolina. Since the DNA Laboratory officially opened, client agencies have been benefitted in a variety of ways. The primary benefit is having a local DNA analyst they can directly speak to and receive input on cases and the analysis of evidence. By having a local DNA laboratory the evidence can be analyzed locally avoiding the backlog of larger labs at the State level.

Since the opening of the DNA Laboratory in 2011 some equipment has been replaced and updated technology has been purchased to increase the efficiency of the operation. Currently, the staffing level has increased to better handle the caseload. The space currently occupied is at capacity and alternatives will be needed as the laboratory continues to grow.

The DNA Laboratory is required to be accredited under the CALEA Standards of the agencies served in addition to being required to participate in the FBI CODIS program. In January 2020, the DNA Laboratory successfully completed reaccreditation under the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard.