Cash approved for computer forensics lab

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WALLA WALLA -- The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the purchase of $130,465 in computer forensics lab equipment for the new police station.

"This lab is one that deals with all computer type crimes and deals with our most vulnerable, children," Police Chief Chuck Fulton said.

Funding for the lab will be through the $11.6 million in voter-approved bonds to build the new facility.

City Manager Nabiel Shawa said a residents' committee -- the same one that earlier this year was critical of police bond money being used for City Hall renovations -- has given full support of the computer forensics lab purchases.

Fulton said the new lab will help increase capacity and reduce wait times on investigations.

"What we are finding today, most every crime that is being committed has a connection with digital information, whether a cellphone or computers or whatever. And we use this to investigate today," Fulton said.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.

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