September 15, 2011 | last updated May 31, 2012 9:17 pm

CT OKs funds for 12 crime-lab hires

Connecticut has approved funds to fill openings or replace workers at the embattled state Crime Lab, the governor's office.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said an unspecified amount of funds will enable the overworked crime lab to fill vacancies and shift state troopers working in the lab to more essential duties.

The jobs to be filled are: an assistant director; five forensic science examiners; and six trainees replace troopers currently doing work at the lab.

Some of the troopers being reassigned will remain at the lab for a time to train their replacements, the governor's office said.

The forensics lab lost its accreditation this summer but state officials vow to press for its recertification at the earliest possible date. The new hires would be part of that effort.

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