Hot ticket: See the new Denver Crime Lab before it opens

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We're a forensics-obsessed society, if what we watch on the boob tube is any indication. And who doesn't get lost in a well-written police procedural after reading the first paragraph? What a crime leaves under its own dirty fingernails fascinates us, and the thrill of step-by-step discovery, with all its twists and turns, is what keeps us watching or turning the pages.

Now you have an opportunity to tour an actual police crime lab.

At 11 a.m. today, the Denver Police Department will cut the ribbon on its brand-new, $36 million, 60,000 square-foot lab facility, located at 1371 Cherokee Street and scheduled to open for business in July.

And between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. today -- and today only -- you can pick up tickets for a free, thirty-minute tour that will be offered from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on June 8, 9 and 10. Get your free passes -- four per person is the limit -- in the lobby at the Police Administration Building, 1331 Cherokee Street.

If you can't make the ribbon-cutting or don't snag a pass, you can see what you're missing by reading what Westword writer Melanie Asmar's account of the tour.

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