DeWine: State crime lab has speeded up

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has done excellent work for years, but agents “never were in too big a hurry to get it done,” Ohio’s attorney general said Monday.

Mike DeWine told Findlay Rotary Club members he has worked to bring urgency to the state’s crime lab.

Those efforts have produced results, he said.

DeWine also reported a significant reduction in the time required by the lab to test rape kits. The average is down from 125 days to about 22, he said.

“What I love about the job is the ability to see a problem and go after it,” DeWine said of the attorney general’s post.

DeWine, a Republican and former U.S. senator, is running for re-election in the Nov. 4 election. He is expected to face David Pepper, a Democrat and former Hamilton County commissioner.

Courier reporter Ryan Dunn will have more on Tuesday.

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