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Currently, the FSB offers the following types of examinations:

  • Crime Scene Investigation: Specially trained investigators respond to crime scenes to document the scene, search for evidence and ultimately collect or process any items determined to be of evidentiary value. CSIs use specialized equipment and techniques to do their jobs. 
CSI responds to a scene
  • Fingerprint Analysis: The examination of prints that were left behind on evidence or a scene from the friction ridge skin on the tips of the fingers. Many methods are available to visualize prints including physical, chemical, and the use of various light sources to allow the prints to either be collected or photographed and compared.
An analyst looks for latent prints
  •  Controlled Substance Analysis: The analysis of various materials suspected to be drugs to determine if any illegal substances are present. Through the use of chemical and instrumental analysis, the forensic chemist can identify exactly any drugs that may be present.
An analyst working in the controlled substances unit
  •  Clandestine Lab Response: Forensic chemists are on that staff that are trained and certified to respond to clan lab scenes. There are many types of clan labs that may be encountered including those for clandestinely making various drugs or explosives. The use of a chemist at these types of scenes can be of great assistance to the investigation because of their knowledge about chemicals, manufacture processes and what should be collected as evidence.
A clan lab investigator is decontaminated after a scene
  • Blood Alcohol Analysis: The analysis of blood for the presence of alcohol for DUI cases. Many times blood is used instead of breath for the determination of intoxication while driving. This type of analysis can be performed on properly collected vials of blood.
An analyst tests blood for the presence of alcohol
  • Fire Debris Analysis: The analysis of fire debris from suspected arson scenes to determine if an ignitable liquid may be present. If an ignitable liquid is identified in a sample it can be classified which may provide information about the nature of any product used.
An analyst hangs a charcoal strip in a can in an arson case

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