Crime Lab: Technical Services
The mission of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Technical Services Division is to provide the highest level of quality in forensic services, administrative support and professional practice to the citizens of Palm Beach County, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and to the criminal justice system at large. The Technical Services Division is bound by the highest standards of ethical conduct.
All Technical Services Units assist law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system within Palm Beach County and when called upon by other jurisdictions. Mission critical activities include, but are not limited to the following: the analysis and processing of items of forensic interest in the discipline of fingerprint examinations; providing assistance in crime scene investigations and photography; providing expert witness testimony; evaluating new technologies; and participating in recognized training programs for all disciplines. The management of the Technical Services Division is committed to maintaining a quality management system that is continually striving to improve its effectiveness.
Division Manager, Technical Services
The Crime Scene Unit is a support unit within the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office that responds to major crime scenes to preserve, document and collect evidence that will be presented in court. Investigators also provide in-house latent print and DNA collection of evidence submitted by deputies. Crime Scene Investigators are often called upon to testify to their findings in court proceedings.
The Unit supports local law enforcement and five jurisdictions throughout the Palm Beach County area. In some instances, the Unit supports other law enforcement agencies in close surrounding counties as well as the F.B.I., Florida Highway Patrol, D.E.A., U.S. Customs, A.T.F, US Secret Service, and The State Fire Marshals Office.
Crime Scene Investigators encounter many different types of evidence