Sheriff's Office Crime Lab Notes National Forensic Science Week

Members of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab: Supervisor Megan Roberts, Carleigh Ruleman, John Butterfield and Jessica Barnard

LEONARDTOWN, Md. - The Eighth Annual National Forensic Science Week is this week, Sept. 19-25, 2021, and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and many other agencies are celebrating the hardworking men and women that make up forensic laboratories around the country, including our own Crime Lab.

Forensic Science is the application of science to criminal and civil laws and plays a critical role in the criminal justice system. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab located at the District 3 station in California and is currently staffed by three Crime Lab Technicians, one Fingerprint Technician, and one Crime Lab Supervisor. Technicians are available for service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Crime Lab Technicians are specially trained in various aspects of forensics and all hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a physical science. Technicians respond to crime scenes to identify, document, collect and preserve items of evidence.

When not in the field, technicians are working in the laboratory processing evidence. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab maintains a high standard for quality work and seeks to continuously advance the laboratory with modern technology. Recently, the laboratory procured the most advanced image capturing system in the world, the Full Spectrum Imaging System (FSIS). The FSIS utilizes different wavelengths of light and filters, to allow technicians to see and digitally capture, high resolution images, in real time, evidence otherwise invisible to the naked eye including: altered documents, urine, semen, saliva, blood, GSR, dye-stained prints and obliterated serial numbers. In addition, technicians process evidence for latent prints and touch DNA, conduct presumptive testing, test fire confiscated firearms for NIBIN entry, obtain and review video surveillance, extract digital media and much more.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Crime Lab for their dedication and commitment to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and our community.

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