The Crime Scene Investigation Section is responsible for processing crime scenes within the county. This section documents,collects and preserves evidence from crime scenes for further laboratory analysis and presentation in court. On scene analysis includes, but is not limited to, photography, sketching, trace evidence collection, DNA collection, and latent print processing.
In October of 2013 Sheriff James L. Manfre announced the creation of the new full-time Crime Scene Unit that focuses on the collection of DNA and other forensic evidence left at crime scenes. In making this commitment to the use of this innovative technology, Sheriff Manfre authorized the hiring of a full-time crime scene investigator and the purchase of a new "mobile" crime scene unit.
The agency has contracted with DNA Labs International based in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The company analyzes DNA samples that have been submitted by the agency and enters that information into the agencies local DNA data-bank. The information is then compared with results of previous submissions in the local data-bank. If a match is not made, the information is the submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) where it is uploaded and compared to DNA profiles contained in both the state and FBI DNA data-base Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).