The Department of State Police Forensic and Technology Center, located in Maynard, MA, opened in November 2006. This facility enabled the growing service demands of the criminal justice system to be met with greatly expanded Forensic Biology (DNA) capacity. In addition, the Forensic Services Group was formed to fully service the statewide needs of stakeholders. The system's capacity and service points were finalized with the opening of additional new facilities in Springfield (February 2007), Lakeville (February 2008), and Danvers (July 2008).
On February 11, 2009, the Department of State Police Forensic Services Group received system-wide accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board ( ASCLD/LAB
). The Forensic Services Group (formerly known as the State Police Crime Laboratory) performs such scientific tests as DNA analysis and controlled substance testing, was previously accredited by the ASCLD/LAB in 2002, and was re-accredited in 2007. A re-organization of the State Police Forensic Services Group in 2007 placed all forensic entities under a single director and enabled the State Police to accredit the additional forensic disciplines. All forensic work being done by Massachusetts State Police, whether conducted by civilian scientists or state troopers, has been determined to meet the rigorous external standards of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.
On May 5, 1994 the Massachusetts State Police relocated its Crime Lab from 1010 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, to 59 Horse Pond Road in Sudbury. The Crime Lab was originally The Horse Pond Elementary School during the 1950's and in 1981 became the Massachusetts Firefighter's Academy, which remained until 1989. The building was later acquired by the Massachusetts State Police and renovated into a "state of the art" crime lab. The renovation project cost $5,500,000 and took two years.