May 14, 2014 7:12 PM by Andy Koen
PUEBLO WEST - Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill keeping a regional office of the Colorado of Bureau of Investigations in Pueblo County. The law authorizes the state to spend up to $11 million dollars on a 20 year lease-purchase agreement for a new crime lab in Pueblo West.
The Bureau's current building in the City of Pueblo is too small and the facility ran the risk of losing accreditation by the International Organization for Standardization.
"What it really means to us is just a drastic improvement in our service in Southern Colorado which is so greatly needed in this area," said CBI Division Director Steve Johnson.
The Pueblo Regional Office serves 125 local law enforcement agencies in the southeastern part of the state. The bill's sponsor, State Representative Leroy Garcia of Pueblo, said today's ceremony is the culmination of six years worth of work.
"We're really happy that not only are we going to benefit from having the services down here, but it's going to be provided right here in our back yard," Garcia said.
Remodeling of the 13,260 square foot building should begin in July.