The Forensic Unit functions in support of the Criminal Investigations Division. Its primary mission is the processing of major crime scenes such as homicides, suicides, accidental and suspicious deaths, assaults, sexual batteries, robberies, child abuse and other felony type crimes. Members of this unit are tasked with the collection, interpretation, preservation and court presentation of physical evidence from crime scenes.
The Latent Fingerprint and Classification Unit provide a variety of services geared toward the technical handling of fingerprints. Unit personnel serve as expert witnesses during court proceedings and provide fingerprint identification services to other municipalities, state, and federal agencies and assist in the identification of disaster victims. The unit also provides fingerprinting services to the community for immigration, Health and Rehabilitative Service clearances, issuance of gun permits and other license requirements.