The Sheriff's Office Crime Lab Unit is a multi-disciplinary forensic science lab. The ten-member unit includes staff that specialize in: Crime Scene, Latent Prints, Computer Forensics, Evidence and Property Storage. The Crime Scene Unit responds to crime scene call-outs 24/7. In addition to general evidence collection and vehicle processing, the unit processes and examines all latent print evidence for comparative and evidentiary value. This discipline processes and examines items to locate, visualize and preserve friction ridge detail, be it finger, palm, or foot for comparison with known impressions to effect identification.
Computer forensics is a branch of digital multi-media forensics pertaining to legal evidence found in computers and digital storage media. The goal of computer forensics is to examine digital media in a forensically sound manner with the aim of identifying, preserving, recovering, analyzing and presenting facts and opinions about the information. The Evidence and Property Management Unit handles all Sheriff's Office evidence storage requirements, chain of custody and documentation flow. The Crime Lab also provides instruction in specialized block training courses for initial recruits, as well as recurring officer training requirements at the Training Academy. The Crime Lab Unit handles the entire departmental needs for all ceremonial and general photographic requirements.