|FORENSIC SERVICES DIVISION|
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has provided quality crime scene support to the Omaha Metro area since 1980 as a formal unit of the Sheriff's Office.
Initially, this unit was called the Criminalistics Division and consisted of a mixture of sworn and civilian personnel. These personnel performed crime scene investigations, fingerprinting services, criminal bookings and provided breath alcohol breath testing for the department. They were specially trained in latent print processing and did all of their comparisons by hand using the Henry classification system. All crime scene photos were taken with film cameras and were developed by the investigators in an on-site dark room.
Over time, the Criminalistics Division developed into the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Division and was fully civiliainized; employing only specially trained civilian personnel. The CSI Division began to offer additional lab services to include some chemical analyses and multi-media investigations with personnel splitting their time between performing scene work and traditional laboratory work.
As the field of Forensic Science evolved and to meet the growing needs of the community, the CSI Division evolved into the Forensic Services Division (FSD) that continues to provide professional forensic services to Douglas County and many other agencies in the Omaha metro area. The FSD is comprised of four separate units; crime scene, latent prints, chemistry and multi-media evidence, with laboratory staff no longer responding to crime scenes. Each unit is staffed with appropriately educated personnel who report to a Crime Lab Director who is responsible for all of the work produced by the FSD.
In 2011 the FSD relocated into a new facility; growing from 1,500 square feet of lab space to a total space of 10,000 square feet - providing the opportunity for expansion and updating of services. The FSD proudly provides quality forensic services to its customers by seeking truth and justice through science.