Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists
International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
International Association of Identification
The Crime Scene Unit is the forensic field response team that operates as the crime scene investigative function under the I-MCFSA. The unit consists of 15 Crime Scene Specialist, 2 Technical Team Leaders and the CSU supervisor. The unit works in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies to investigate major crimes against persons which include, but are not limited to homicide, aggravated assault, robbery and sex crimes.
The major function of the CSU is to conduct a thorough investigation through documentation of the crime scene in order to locate any and all evidence related to the crime, the victim or the suspect. The Crime Scene Specialist does not attempt to determine the guilt or innocence of the suspect but maintains an impartial and neutral approach to the evidence collection process regardless of the final outcome of the investigation.
The Crime Scene Specialist documents the scene using videography, photography, bloodstain pattern analysis, diagrams, measurements, computerized scene diagrams, and latent print processing. The Crime Scene Specialist must be able to “read” the scene to allow the evidence to “tell its part of the story of the criminal incident.” Proper evidence collection, documentation, preservation, packaging and analysis are an integral part in the functioning of the crime lab. If the crime scene evidence is not collected and documented properly then the forensic scientist may not have the opportunity to analyze the evidence.