The Western Laboratory employs a staff of about 50 to provide the following services:
- Controlled Substances
- Firearms & Toolmarks
- Forensic Biology
- Latent Fingerprints and Impressions
- Questioned Documents
- Forensic Toxicology
- Trace Evidence
The Western Laboratory is located in the picturesque Roanoke Valley, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains close to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The laboratory building was completed in 1995, and we share it with the Western District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. On February 24, 2014, the laboratory began an expansion and renovation project, which is expected to be completed within 24 months. Phase I of the project involves the demolition of the Old Schoolhouse building that is adjacent to the current laboratory and will be the site of the expansion.