Okay, so it’s not exactly a secret, but Target (pronounced Tar-zhay in the Long Island suburbs) has something that Wal-Mart doesn’t. No, it’s not that stupid happy face in all the commericals. No, it is not its own website focusing on the scary inhabitants at night. It has its very own CSI-style forensics lab, sometimes even called upon by different law enforcement agencies.
Target’s lab is among 390 crime labs accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), which underscores Target’s commitment to quality forensic work.
Team members hail from all areas of criminal justice. Current forensic examiner Andrew Schriever was a criminalist for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Examiners Aaron Read and Jacob Steinhour are members of FBI-sponsored scientific working groups. And lab director Rick Lautenbach is a Target “lifer,” having worked in assets protection and other leadership roles at Target for more than 16 years.