From Local 3 News: Tennessee Senator Brent Taylor (R-Memphis) announced on Wednesday that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has seen “si
From Local 3 News: Tennessee Senator Brent Taylor (R-Memphis) announced on Wednesday that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has seen “significant progress” in staffing and sexual assault kit processing at TBI Crime Laboratories since the end of 2022.
In September 2022, the Tennessee General Assembly authorized adding dozens of new positions to TBI labs to expedite the processing of evidence in sexual assault cases.
Positions include forensic chemists, toxicologists, forensic biologists, firearms identification professionals, and latent print analysts.
The legislature has since approved 50 new crime lab scientists, 24 of whom were hired before the start of 2023.
“The TBI is making tremendous progress in hiring and training scientists for their laboratories,” Taylor said. “16 additional scientists have started their jobs since I took office in January, with six others hired pending background checks. These new hires have dramatically reduced the time to process sexual assault kits.”
These newly-hired crime lab scientists are being recruited from colleges, Taylor says, with a starting salary north of $66,000, up from the previous $45,000.
Taylor also said these scientists are being recruited from “all over.”