Forensic Services Division

The Forensic Services Division is responsible for providing on-scene and laboratory investigations through the application of forensic science. The members of the Forensic Services Division work in conjunction with patrol officers, detectives, arson investigators, and outside agencies to provide forensic services to all individuals of Winston-Salem in the most effective, efficient, and courteous manner possible to aid in the investigation of criminal activity and to support the provision of law enforcement services.

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Operations

Overseen by the Forensic Services Division Director, the Division consists of:

  • The four Crime Scene Response Squads that are comprised of a Forensic Services Squad Supervisor, (5) five Forensic Services Technicians, and (1) Police Processing Technician. 
  • The Major Crime Response Team (MCRT) is comprised of a Forensic Services Squad Supervisor and four specialized technicians who are the primary response group for all major crime scenes and investigations. They are also responsible for the Crime Lab, Photo Lab, and administrative functions. 
  • The Firearms Section is comprised of two technicians specially trained in the examination of firearms and related evidence.  Responsible for lab and on scene examinations of firearms related evidence and scenes, they are assisted by the MCRT.
  • The Latent Print Examiners Office is comprised of (2) Latent Print Examiners who specialize in the identification and comparison of latent prints. These technicians utilize extensive training and the computerized fingerprint databases like SPEX AFIS/APIS and the NC AFIS to match fingerprints from crime scenes to suspects. 
  • The Police Processing Unit is located within the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center and operated by the Forensic Services Division. Technicians assigned to the PPU fingerprint, photograph, and collect DNA from persons arrested for criminal offenses by all agencies having jurisdiction within Forsyth County.  They are also the primary individuals conducting breath tests for persons charged with DWI.

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Primary Services Provided by the Forensic Services Division:

  • Alternate Light Source Examination
  • Arrestee Photographing, Fingerprinting, and DNA Collection at the FCLEDC
  • Automated Fingerprint and Palm Identification (AFIS-State and SPEX-Local)
  • Blood Evidence Detection
  • Blood Spatter Interpretation
  • Chemical Blood and Breath Testing (DWI Offenses)
  • Citizen Fingerprinting Services 
  • College Intern Program
  • Computerized Photographic Line-ups
  • Computerized Sketching
  • Courtroom Exhibits
  • Crime Scene Search and Investigation
  • Evidence Collection and Processing (Latent Print, Trace, and DNA)
  • Evidence Processing Research
  • Expert Courtroom Testimony
  • Fabric Mark Documentation
  • Firearms Identification and Examinations 
  • Forensic Photography and Printing Services
  • Forensic Presentations
  • In-Person (Live) Line-ups
  • Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS-National)
  • Latent Fingerprint Comparison and Identification
  • LiveScan Fingerprint Technology
  • Merit Badge Program (Boy Scouts of America)
  • Process Expungement Orders
  • Serial Number Restoration
  • Shooting Scene Reconstruction
  • Tire and Shoe Impression Documentation
  • Trace Evidence Collection

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