The Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office formed a joint forensic laboratory at the time the
The lab's responsibilities and goals include providing impartial and professional documentation, collection and evaluation of a variety of different types of physical evidence. The three chemists, one part time firearms examiner, six crime scene technicians and two DNA analysts provide analysis and expert courtroom testimony for a variety of forensic disciplines.
Each of the Crime Scene Technicians, Chemists, DNA Analysts and Firearms Examiner is regularly subpoenaed to testify about his or her work regarding a specific case. When appearing in court he or she must establish expertise in a particular discipline prior to offering opinion testimony.
Safety, staffing, technology and training are some of the more prominent issues that must be addressed by this lab in the future. As a forensic support service unit the lab frequently provides assistance to the Patrol Bureau, the Investigation Division, the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office.
The Metro Forensic Laboratory consisted of the following sections:
Crime Lab Services-Law Enforcment Only Ser
A portion of the crime lab underwent remodeling in 2007 for the addition of forensic DNA analysis. The lab now has the ability to examine evidence for the presence of biological material and perform DNA typing. The DNA lab also has DNA database capability which allows it to search nationwide for unknown suspects of local crimes based solely on their DNA profile.