COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - According to a press release from Randy Robertson, President of the local Fraternal Order of Police, a rally will be held this weekend in Columbus opposing the scheduled closing of the GBI crime lab:
This Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at 10:00am till 11:00am our legislative delegation will be holding a Town Hall Meeting at the Main Library on Macon Road. The local Fraternal Order of Police will have representatives present to discuss the F.O.P.'s opposition to the closing of the GBI Crime Lab in Midland. Please come out and support the F.O.P. on this important issue and any other issues that you wish to bring forward.
The one-hour meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Those scheduled to attend are Sen. Ed Harbison, Sen. Seth Harp, Rep. Calvin Smyre, Rep. Carolyn Hugley, Rep. Debbie Buckner, Rep. Richard Smith and Rep. Kip Smith..
In December, Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren confirmed to News Leader 9 that the lab is scheduled to close in March.
The Chief says it's due to budget shortfalls at the state level.
Police officers rely on the lab for quick forensic testing.
That means local law enforcement will have to take evidence to labs in Macon or Atlanta for testing.