Forensic Biology

Mission

To identify potential sources of DNA on evidence submitted by law enforcement in order to aid criminal investigations.

What we do

  • Examine and test evidentiary items such as sexual assault evidence collection kits, weapons, clothing, and swabs collected in connection with a variety of crimes.
  • Identify DNA sources such as blood, other bodily fluids and debris that can be compared to a potential suspect or victim and entry into the FBI’s DNA database, CODIS, if appropriate.
  • Work closely with investigators to determine the probative value of evidence and evaluate findings.
  • Collaborate with Day One and other agencies to promote awareness and proper evidence collection in sexual assault cases.

Accomplishments

  • Enhanced the ability to locate obscure bloodstains on clothing by purchasing a special infrared light.
  • Lauded by Day One as a model laboratory with regard to timely processing of sexual assault evidence despite an increase in overall submissions.