The Idaho Falls Police Department maintains its own crime lab and employs a full-time civilian Crime Scene Investigation Technician.
In many criminal investigations, it is necessary to determine and prove through various types of physical evidence, that a particular person was present at the scene of a crime. For this reason, the collection and forensic examination of evidence, such as blood, hair, fibers, soil, and glass is routinely practiced. Since the criminal must either be walking or driving as they enter or leave a crime scene, it is important that shoe and tire impressions are often collected and provide excellent physical evidence.
The Crime Scene Investigation Technician is charged with the processing of crime scenes and for providing expert court testimony. CSI photographs, collects, and examines evidence discovered, and collected at crime scenes. CSI technicians are trained to photograph, prepare and collect footprint, tool, and tire impressions.
Our CSI technician and detectives are trained in the use of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and are experts at examining and comparing latent prints.