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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office recently received some national acclaim.

The CSI Lab helped the department become the fourth in the state to earn an accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. The accreditation places deputies in the CSI Lab among the nation’s best in fingerprint processing and ballistic firearm analysis.

“We meet the same standard and we follow the same standard as the North Carolina State Crime Lab,” Det. Lauren White said. “However, with our backlog, we’re still able to work cases and get results back to those agencies faster than the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory.”

The accreditation will allow the sheriff’s lab to process crime scenes for agencies across the state as well as for federal agencies like ATF.

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