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Lawton Police Department gets new crime scene investigation van

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)-The Lawton Police Department welcomed a new addition to their crime scene investigation team Thursday.

The department purchased a new, 100-thousand dollar, state of the art van to replace their current one which is about 10 years old.


Lawton Police Department’s new crime scene investigation van will be used to collect and preserve samples from crime scenes.

Lawton Police Department detective, Rick McCollister said the van will help them to process a crime scene faster and more efficiently.

"If we need to spend more than just a few hours,” said McCollister. “If we end up spending multiple days on a crime scene as we have in the past instead of having to ride back and forth to the lab for equipment, it's set up so we can stay on scene. "

The van is equipped with several special kits; fingerprinting, photographic marking, and trace evidence vacuum kits. 

It's also equipped with ultraviolet lights that help detectives find hidden elements on a scene.

"It's state of the art,” said Jenkins. “It's updated. Everything they need is inside the van. So, when they do have to process a crime scene or go out to a major incident they have all the tools to get the job done."

The new van was needed because the old one had outdated equipment and investigators feel the new crime scene investigation van will greatly help solve future cases.

"It's a brand-new crime scene unit,” said McCollister. “It looks great. It shows the citizens of Lawton what we are doing with that budgeted money and it's something we can all be very proud of."

Sergeant Jenkins said they wouldn't have been able to get the van without funding through the community's tax dollars.

"We owe it to the community to be able to come out and do a job and do it effectively,” said Jenkins. “So, if we are able to go out and help them solve a crime or come out and do something in a timely matter or timely fashion it makes them happy but also a positive light for our department."

The crime scene investigation unit plans to start using the van immediately.

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