GCC Forensics Lab Almost Finished


Members of the Guam Community College Board of Trustees met for their monthly meeting to discuss, among other things, a construction update of the highly anticipated DNA Forensics Lab.

PNC’s Devin Eligio has this story…

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The Guam Community College’s DNA Forensic Lab is nearing completion.

Currently, in regard to forensic testing and DNA analysis, Guam is assisted by federal counterparts by the U.S. Office of the Attorney General and the FBI. Furthermore, according to Berlyn Savella, Public Information Information for the Guam Police Department, Guam sends forensics to Hawai’i PD.

A decade-long project, the forensics lab is awaiting an inspection from the Guam Fire Department and for details on storm drainage.

The Lab was expected to finish earlier than anticipated, according to Okada in last month’s board meeting. While the lab was not completed in February as previously anticipated, it has made remarkable progress with a jump of 94.28% completion last month to 96.62% completion.

According to Okada in a December meeting, the project was awarded on July 3rd, 2019. A substantial amount of funding is sourced from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to GCC Assistant Director of Communications & Promotions John Dela Rosa.

As PNC previously reported, funding of the lab’s design was provided through a Department of Interior Grant of $365,653.

With 96% of the Lab completed, the GPD and criminal justice students and teachers alike can expect the new facility soon.