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Forensic Services Bureau
The Forensic Services Section operates from a specialized facility and is composed of three units:
  • Crime Scene Unit
  • Imaging Unit
  • Fingerprint Unit
The responsibilities of the Crime Scene Unit include:
  • 24-hour availability to respond to major crime scenes,
  • Detailed crime scene documentation through the use of video, photographs, notes and sketches,
  • Evidence identification, documentation, collection and preservation,
  • Court testimony and presentation of evidence, photographs, sketches and visual aids in court proceedings,
  • The use of various chemical and physical processes to develop fingerprints on items of evidentiary value,
  • Obtaining still photographs from surveillance videos,
  • The deployment of specialized equipment and scientific methods when called upon by unique investigative needs, and
  • Providing training to Department members and citizen groups.
The responsibilities of the Imaging Unit include:
  • Management of sophisticated photo processing equipment,
  • Film processing and negative archival,
  • Processing all Department-wide requests for photographs,
  • Providing training of Department personnel in basic and advanced photo techniques,
  • The enlargement of photographs for use in court proceedings, and
  • Portraits of Department members.
The responsibilities of the Fingerprint Unit include:
  • Processing arrest records generated by Department members,
  • Scanning and inputting inked fingerprint cards into the statewide fingerprint system, NOVARIS / AFIS,
  • Evaluating latent fingerprints collected from crime scenes,
  • Performing comparisons between questioned and known fingerprints,
  • Providing training to Criminal Justice Academy recruits on the history of fingerprint identification, latent processing techniques, and how to properly collect inked fingerprints, and
  • Court testimony and preparation of fingerprint charts for use in court proceedings.


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