Evidence Control: The section is responsible for the evidentiary control of all physical evidence entering and exiting the laboratory, ensuring that laboratory evidentiary control policies and procedures are followed. The Forensic Evidence Specialists act as evidence coordinators, by receiving, controlling, issuing and releasing sealed physical evidence to and from the laboratory. This ensures proper security and distribution to the various forensic disciplines. Requests for forensic analysis are triaged to determine the appropriate analysis to be performed and then assigned to the appropriate section. Last year, there were over 3,622 requests for analysis submitted to the section for triage and assignment to the various forensic sections throughout the laboratory.
Proper Sealing and Marking of Evidence:
Evidence should be packaged separately, to prevent cross contamination.
Evidence should be properly sealed in order to prevent loss of evidence; to ensure the integrity of the evidence by sealing containers using ‘tamper evident’ tape.
The evidence package should be dated and initialed by the individual sealing the evidence.
A biohazard sticker should be placed on any item of evidence where there is suspicion of bio-hazardous material. An agency case number should be clearly written on the container.
Evidence Submission Guidelines have been established for each forensic discipline provided by this agency. Links to the current guidelines are provided on the left of this page.
Proper Completion of Request Cards:
A Request for Analysis Card is submitted by the requesting agency that provides information regarding the type of evidence submitted and the request of analysis to be performed. A request can be submitted in paper form or electronically. The information provided on the request is dependent upon the type of case, (Homicide, Sexual Assault, etc.) and other pertinent information that is case specific. The following information is required in order for a Request for Analysis Card to be processed:
The agency case number and the date the request for analysis was submitted.
If a Crime Scene Specialist was on the scene, provide the name of the individual. Include the type of crime committed and the name of the agency submitting the request.
Provide a brief synopsis of the offense. This provides additional information to the Forensic Scientist analyzing the case. Include the names of both the victim and the suspect (if known).
List specific information regarding the type of evidence being submitted, i.e., one t-shirt from victim. The type of examination requested is also required, such as Latent Fingerprints or DNA.
The last section to complete is the information from the individual requesting the analysis, along with the detective assigned to the case. The name of the prosecutor should be included, if known. Also provide a contact number, along with the requesting individual’s identification number. Please include a trial date, if available, in order to prioritize cases for analysis.