DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A new forensic lab is coming to the Wiregrass and it’s here to stay

The city of Dothan approved a lease agreement with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for 40 years and five months.

It will be located next to the Wiregrass Public Safety Center in Dothan.

Mayor of Dothan, Mark Saliba says he is excited about what the forensic lab will bring to the city of Dothan, but also to the Wiregrass

As law enforcement won’t have to send samples to Montgomery or Birmingham.

“It’s an awesome thing to get back in our area because not only does it serve the city of Dothan, but Houston County and the Wiregrass area,” Saliba said. “It’ll help law enforcement to get forensics done a lot quicker and timely manner.”

The city had a forensic lab, but it closed in 2011.

The new lab is set to be operational at the end of next year or the beginning of 2024.