Administration Bureau - Forensic Services
Forensic Services Unit: The mission of
this unit is to provide law enforcement agencies and the public with
impartial, competent, professional and expeditious forensic services and
training. This unit provides support throughout the Sheriff’s Office to
facilitate the general law enforcement mission. This unit also provides
technical support, crime scene processing and latent fingerprint
comparisons to outside agencies as directed by the Division Commander.
There are two units:
The Crime Laboratory Section is responsible for the technical
aspects of collecting, preserving, analyzing and documenting evidence.
Unit staff also physically identifies and compares fingerprints and
other evidence connected with criminal cases, testifies in court as
expert witnesses, and does related work as required. They are also
responsible for submitting work results into the California
Identification System (Cal ID), an automated system maintained by the
Department of Justice for retaining fingerprint files and identifying
The Property/Evidence Section is responsible for receiving,
storing, recording, safeguarding, releasing and disposing of evidence or
abandoned property, and to perform related work as required.