Identification Section Responsibilities
The Identification Section is the forensic arm of the Detective Bureau and is in service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is comprised of a full-service photographic laboratory, a limited-service but very effective crime laboratory, and a polygraph examiner. It is commanded by a Lieutenant and staffed by a Sergeant, Senior Police Officer, twelve civilian technicians, and a senior clerk. This section is responsible for the discovery, documentation, preservation, and analysis of crime-scene evidence. Laboratory forensic examination includes, but is not limited to, the chemical enhancement, classification, and comparison of fingerprints, cyanoacrylate vapor-fuming, dye staining, casting, and alternate light source applications. Specialty areas of expertise would include blood spatter interpretation, forensic entomology, and forensic archeology. Along with responding to an annual average of 12,000 crime scenes, section personnel also perform public fingerprinting, prepare evidence to be used in court, and provide a repository for all criminal history files; as well as maintaining, securing, and purging of such records as required by law.
Forensic Career Opportunities
The Identification Section also provides technical assistance to other law enforcement agencies and conducts forensic training at police academies, various colleges and for legal groups. Personnel are well regarded for their expert testimony. Forensic science is an ever-advancing and technical component of law enforcement. Procedural and technologic advancements are continually occurring. Subsequently, as knowledge becomes increasingly more important towards the reconstruction of events having transpired in the crime scene, this same knowledge is equally important to successful prosecution.