Forensic Investigation Unit
The Forensic Investigation Unit is responsible for the delivery of forensic services to Thames Valley Police.
The department consists of:
Crime Scene Investigation Unit
The role of a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) is to attend crime scenes to search for forensic and fingerprint evidence. The CSI also produces photographic and video evidence of crime scenes. This evidence supports criminal investigations and it may lead to the identification of an offender.
Fingerprint Development Unit
The Fingerprint Development Unit supports crime scene investigations by developing and photographing fingerprints on various surfaces. The Unit can also forensically examine footprints and documents.
The Fingerprint Bureau is responsible for processing finger marks submitted by Crime Scene Investigation and the Fingerprint Development Unit, and detainee fingerprints received from custody. The Bureau performs comparisons of crime scene marks and detainee fingerprints against the National Fingerprint Database (IDENT1) to establish a person’s identity and can provide expert evidence when required.
Located at Headquarters South, the Footwear Unit is responsible for processing detainee footwear impressions received from custody, and crime scene marks received by CSI. The Footwear Unit can assist with identifying an offender and linking offences together.
The Imaging Unit responds to the varied imaging needs of the police with a comprehensive and professional service. This includes a range of digital and graphic services, colour processing, high-quality printing and operational photographic assignments. The Unit also carries out crime scene surveys and produces maps and plans of varying complexity to aid crime investigation and court presentation.
Forensic Submissions Unit
The Forensic Submissions Unit is responsible for the management of all exhibits submitted to Forensic Service Providers, both internal and external. They are also responsible for submitting DNA intelligence samples received from custody to the national DNA database.