National Forensic Science Week

Today begins National Forensic Science Week (September 20-26) and we would like to kick it off by honoring our Crime Scene Unit.

The Crime Scene Unit (CSU) consists of five crime scene technicians, whose duties include responding to crime scenes 24 hours a day 7 days a week for crime scene documentation. Crime scene documentation includes, but is not limited to, photography, videography, diagramming, the collection, packaging, preservation and transportation of evidentiary items, and processing for latent prints.

The CSU also performs fingerprint and palm print comparisons. Crime scene technicians enter unknown latent fingerprints and palm prints into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System databases for the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Crime scene technicians also provide expert testimony in crime scene and finger/palm print examination in Wichita County courts, courts for surrounding counties, as well as the federal judicial system. The CSU provides forensic support to other city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies within a two hour radius to include the FBI, ATF and Texas DPS. The CSU educates the public and provides training to law enforcement officers and new crime scene technicians concerning forensics, such as finger/palm print processing, and crime scene processing and documentation. The CSU must also stay informed regarding the latest scientific developments and court cases in the field of forensics to aid them on crime scenes, in the lab and in the courts.

Thank you for all that you! We appreciate you!

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