Crime Scene Investigations
Forensic Services Unit personnel have received extensive training relating to crime scene investigations and property and evidence management. Training accomplished by Unit staff includes: Death Scene Investigation, Latent Fingerprint Identification and Comparison, Forensic Photography, Shoe and Tire Impression Recovery, Forensic Pathology of Gunshot Wounds, Firearm Safety, Courtroom Presentation of Evidence, Shooting Incident Reconstruction, Forensic Video Analysis, Firearm Serial Number Restoration, Computer Forensics, and Property and Evidence Management.
In 2014, members of the Forensic Services Unit performed 411 investigations. Evidence collected during those investigations, along with evidence collected by other officers and detectives totaled 8,873 individual items of evidence.
Unit members are also responsible for the release and disposal of evidence and property once a criminal case has been adjudicated. Evidence must be disposed of in accordance with local, state and federal laws, regulations and policies. Property and Evidence can be disposed of in several ways, which includes returning to the legal owner, destroying, burning at a federally approved incineration facility, sending to public auction, or donating to specific organizations authorized by law.
In 2014, the Unit destroyed 200 lbs. of firearm and other contraband evidence, 600 lbs. of illegal narcotics and controlled substances, and 260 lbs. of expired or unwanted prescription drugs, turned in by the public.