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Monday, December 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Rash of homicides tests Fort Wayne's crime lab"

Rebecca S. Green had a good story in the Sunday Fort Wayne Journal Gazette looking at the nuts and bolts of the city's crime lab. A sample:

The evidence that the civilian analysts dust, heat up, steam, throw under a microscope, photograph and scan comes not only from the homicides. Crime scene management crews and officers collect it at the scenes of burglaries, robberies, vehicle break-ins and shootings.

The lab does not handle DNA evidence or firearms evaluations, such as identifying marks on shell casings. Those tasks belong to the Indiana State Police’s four forensic laboratories spread throughout the state.

It is safe to say, though, that all the other evidence collected at crime scenes, such as tire tracks, footprints, discarded firearms and fingerprints are keeping crime lab technicians plenty busy.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 9, 2013 12:18 PM
Posted to Indiana Government