Forensic Identification Unit

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Forensic Identification Unit

Forensic Identification Unit The Forensic Identification Unit, staffed with forensic identification specialists and civilian support staff, is responsible for the collection of evidence at the scene of a crime, such as fingerprints, footwear impressions and other trace evidence. Forensic Identification is a field that requires a high level of training and technical expertise. The officers recieve training from the Canadian Police College and the Ontario Police College and learn how to analyze and classify fingerprints. Members of the Unit are also trained to use alternate light sources and chemicals to detect trace evidence including DNA, fingerprints and footwear impressions. In addition, Identification Officers are also trained to collect and submit DNA samples for the National DNA Databank and the Center of Forensic Science. Professional grade digital cameras and video cameras are used to document crime scenes. Computers and software to store and print photographs and assist in making scene diagrams. Bar Coding is used to locate and track seized evidence.

The Barrie Police Service is also fortunate to have an officer who is trained as a Forensic Artist. The Civilian support staff are responsible for taking fingerprints of persons accused of criminal offences, assisting the public with Police Record checks, purging Young Offender files, the destruction or sealing of criminal records and assisting outside agencies. Creating photographic lineups and assisting officers by uploading digital camera cards helps the Unit be available for calls at any time.