Forensics

Forensics Evidence Unit is Accredited by ASCLD/LAB

The Forensic Evidence Unit is Accredited to the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory-International (ISO/IEC 17025) testing standards.

History and Function


The earliest reference for forensic processing by EPD personnel is from 1959. Detectives originally performed the forensic skills and chose to work in the assignment. No formal date can be located for a unit being established.

Over the years the following forensic disciplines were performed:
  • 35 mm Film Processing
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Drugs
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Footwear
  • Handwriting
 
  • Human Bones
  • Latent Fingerprints
  • Physical Matching
  • Serial Number Restoration
  • Sketching
  • Tires
  • Toolmarks

Today the Eugene Police Department’s Forensic Evidence Unit (FEU) employs four full-time civilian forensic analysts, one forensic technician, an administrative aide (shared with the Property Control Unit) and has multiple volunteers. The Unit Supervisor is Jason Petersen.

Mission Statement


“To serve the criminal justice needs of the community through education and the application of accepted scientific techniques to the preservation and analysis of physical evidence.”

Objectives


  • Provide thorough and timely analysis of physical evidence
  • Foster professional relationships within the law enforcement and forensic science communities
  • Achieve and maintain status as recognized leaders in our fields through receiving and providing the highest quality training
  • Offer the community education and involvement opportunities in forensic science
  • Maintain the recognized ethical standards of our profession
  • Create an environment that encourages initiative, scientific creativity and professional excellence

An ASCLD/LAB-International Accredited Testing Laboratory
Since April 10, 2013.

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