An ASCLD/LAB-International ACCREDITED TESTING LABORATORY SINCE June 11, 2015
Forensic Services’ mission is to provide high quality, accurate, objective and timely forensic science examinations, including scientific analysis and crime scene processing, to the Mesa Police Department, other law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice community.
- Maintain high levels of quality examinations/analyses in the areas of Biology (DNA and Serology), Controlled Substances, Toxicology (Urine Drug Screening and Blood Alcohol), Firearms/Tool mark/Impressions, Fingerprint Identification, Latent Prints and Crime Scenes.
- Provide technical assistance and case documentation at crime scenes.
- Maintain databases of relevant information including the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) and Combined DNA Index System (CODIS.)
- Provide training for police personnel and technical assistance for the field drug testing and driving under the influence (DUI) preliminary breath test programs.
- Maintain accreditation by ASCLD/LAB
- Forensic Services completed an on-site surveillance visit by an ASCLD/LAB assessor and we continue to operate in conformance with the ASCLD/LAB-International accreditation program.
- Two members are teaching at this year's IAI Educational Conference in Cincinnati, OH. Workshops will cover latent print examinations and forensic photography.
- Three forensic artists are available for hand-sketched composites. One artist also provides skull reconstructions.
- Rated as one of the top 25 forensic internship opportunities in the Nation by www.forensiccolleges.com based on the range of opportunities available, providing real world experience, and advancing the knowledge of our interns.
- The Crime Scene Unit now has a panoramic camera system to use at scenes. These images allow viewers to experience a 360 degree view of the scene, zoom in and out during review, adjust brightness to reveal detail in shadowed areas, and take some measurements directly from the image.
- Seven of nine units now provide results in real time status (typically 30 days or less) for all crimes. The remaining two units will have a similar turnaround time by the end of 2016. This is three to six times faster than labs around the country.
- Monthly public tours are available. Space is limited and advance registration is required.
Biology (DNA & Serology)
Crime Scene Specialists
Fingerprint Identification (AFIS)
Forensic Support Staff
Latent Print Examiners
Volunteer Crime Scene Specialists
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