Lakshmi Kode Sammarco, Hamilton County Coroner M.D.: Honorary Chair

Dusty Rhodes, Hamilton County Auditor: Honorary Chair

Thomas Synan Jr., Chief of Police , Newtown, Ohio: Honorary Chair

Jim Neil, Hamilton County Sheriff: Honorary Chair

Michele Young, Esq.: Chair and Founder:

Bernie Rieskamp, Civic and Business Leader: Honorary Chair

Peter McLinden, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Hamilton County,

AFL-CIO: Honorary Chair

Gene Ferrara, Former Police Chief, U. of .Cinti : Honorary Chair

Lakshmi Kode Sammarco, Hamilton County Coroner M.D.: Honorary Chair

Michele Young, Esq.: Chair and Founder

Dusty Rhodes, Hamilton County Auditor: Honorary Chair

Gene Ferrara, Former Police Chief, University of Cincinnati: Honorary Chair

Thomas Synan Jr., Chief of Police, Newtown, Ohio: Honorary Chair

Peter McLinden, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Hamilton County, AFL-CIO: Honorary Chair

Jim Neil, Hamilton County Sheriff: Honorary Chair

Bernie Rieskamp, Civic and Business Leader: Honorary Chair

To Keep Hamilton County Safe,
We Need an Updated Crime Lab Now.

Today's forensic science saves lives, prevents crimes and can even stop a terrorist attack before it happens. Modern DNA and drug testing exonerate the innocent and convict the guilty.

The war against heroin begins with our local crime lab.

Our CSI Investigators Are A Phone Call Away From Any Crime Scene

Our Current Lab Was Not Built To Meet Modern Demands.

Our world class forensics team keeps us safe despite
shockingly hazardous work conditions.

 
 
 
 

A 1969 building is not equipped for 21st century CSI.

Imagine your child working in a facility deemed "dangerous" by outside consultants. What if your son and daughter worked in a building without sufficient ventilation, electricity, plumbing and resorted to donning gas masks, examining bodies on ping pong tables, working in hallways, and improvising as aging equipment from body coolers to heaters break down without a spare part in sight.

It has been 1304 days 2 hours 9 minutes 52 seconds since we were warned that our CSI workers' health and safety were in danger.

Nothing has changed for the workers.

February 1st, 2012

On Feb. 1, 2012,  independent experts hired by the County Commissioners, Crime Lab Design, warned the county that the present conditions were “endangering the health and safety of the staff,” ” jeopardizing the integrity of evidentiary information,” and “compromising the respect of decedents and grieving families.”

The county stood by for 336 days as our workers risked their health and safety for us.  No plans were made to protect our CSI team.

January 13th 2013

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Catholic Heath Partners offered a gift of a 500,000 square foot medical building with 70 acres in Mt. Airy for only $1 .

A perfect example of how a building can be refit to meet new purposes. This was not the only gift offered, but this is the gift the County Commissioners voted to approve.

January 29th 2014

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County Commissioners unanimously voted to take responsibility of the Mercy Mt. Airy. Commissioner Monzel stated, ” Building a state of the art crime lab is our top priority.”

Promises were made that this would be a priority. Instead, different plans were drawn up by county administrators with taxpayer dollars as if the building was a grab bag for every government agency in need of a home.

As a result proposed costs shot up the bargain of a century into an extravaganza that would cost

The Rest Of 2014

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We offered to meet the commissioners publicly and privately but never received a return phone call.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sammarco spent countless hours researching how to save taxpayer dollars on every square foot of the promised Mt. Airy project.

February 5th 2015

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Jumbotron is almost the same cost as renovating the current crime lab.

On Feb 5th a Hamilton County Commissioner declared that a local crime lab in Hamilton county was a “luxury item.”

I don’t think it makes sense to go to Mt. Airy just for a crime lab.”

This was all news to us!

Do we have a different view of what a luxury item is?

For 774 days, pigeons lived on our tax dollars in Mt. Airy.

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For 774 days Mt. Airy sat unused, only to be occupied by pigeons, while consuming tax payer dollars.

On February 26th, after over a million dollars was spent to maintain a vacant building, the Commissioners voted 3-0 to not accept Mt. Airy.  Not one bid request was ever sent out to potential developers.

Will We Be The Only Major City Without Our Own Locally Run Crime Lab?

In the 21st century, the choice is not between CSI or not. We Need CSI.

In the 21st century, the choice is not between taxing and not. There is a third way: the CSI way. Our world-class crime lab has and will create streams of revenue because its services are needed across the across the globe.

In the 21st century, the choice is not between a locally led world-class lab and a state run lab run by our state Attorney General. In the 21st century, the only choice for our city is an independent crime lab. In the last one hundred years, we have learned from across the world that when a city's crime lab is under the control of the very authorities trusted to investigate the crime, the evidence may be tainted for the hound cannot be expected to free the fox caught during the hunt. The National Academy of Science has called for independent crime labs that answer to no one, neither prosecutor nor police. This is the 21st century solution. We already have it: a Scotland Yard in our own backyard. Let us keep it.

Keeping Us Safe is Not A Luxury.

You Can Make A Big Difference

Keep Hamilton County Safe. Keep It Local and Locally Led.

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