Forensic Services Unit
The mission of the Forensic Services Unit is to respond to crime scenes and document incidents through photography, videography, scale drawings, written reports, and the collection of physical evidence. This evidence includes, but is not limited to, weapons or items used in the commission of a crime, fingerprints, trace evidence such as hairs or fibers, and bodily fluids. The unit sends physical evidence to the State of California Criminalistics Laboratory for testing, and works closely with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office during the criminal prosecution process.
The unit is also responsible for maintaining the integrity of evidence by properly packaging, preserving, securely storing, and tracking all evidence which is collected by members of the department.
The Forensic Services Unit is staffed with four Crime Scene Technicians and one supervisor who reports to the Support Operations Division Manager.