WASHINGTON — The FBI has chosen Salt Lake City as the location for a Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory.

"Utah law enforcement and the FBI have continued to work incredibly well together on many cases including the 2002 Winter Olympics," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. "Today's announcement strengthens that relationship as a fine example of local, state and federal law enforcement working together for the sake of public safety."

Salt Lake is already home to the FBI's Regional Translation Center, which supports translation services for 13 languages, including Arabic and Farsi. Having both the forensic lab and translation center will facilitate the FBI's counter-terrorism efforts, Hatch said.

"Now computers seized in terrorism cases can be sent to Salt Lake City to have the digital information retrieved, translated and transmitted all in one location," he said.