By Diana Baldwin Modified: May 2, 2008 at 9:19 am •  Published: May 2, 2008

Contributing to the jump in economic impact are service contracts for maintenance of the high-tech equipment.

Charles Curtis, director of the center, said the OSBI spends up to $250,000 a year on equipment maintenance alone. State officials estimate it will take another $550,000 to maintain and operate the building.

Curtis estimates that 6,000 law enforcement officers from across the state will go to Edmond with evidence to be analyzed at the center.

Generally, officers don't come alone, the director said.

"A lot of them come with their families,” Curtis said. "You can go out there and you'll see a daughter or wife sitting in the squad car.

"They come from Lindsay, and while they're up here they are going to do some other things. So, there is going to be an obvious economic impact.”

Slideshow of the new OSBI lab in Edmond




Criminalist Supervisor Kevin Kramer gives Lt. Gov. Jari Askins a tour Thursday of one of the drug labs at the opening of the new Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center near the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. By David McDaniel, The Oklahoman

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