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    sheriff-about-crimelab-logoThe Jefferson County Regional Crime Laboratory was established in August 2013 and opened its doors in May 2014. The JCRCL was established with an agreement between the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Lakewood Police Department, Arvada Police Department, Wheat Ridge Police Department, and the Golden Police Department. It is located at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office complex at 200 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden, Colorado, and provides services to all law enforcement agencies within Jefferson County.

    The Jefferson County Regional Crime Laboratory is fully accredited through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD/LAB). This accreditation demonstrates that the laboratory’s management, personnel, operational and technical procedures, equipment, and physical facilities meet established standards, ensuring that our laboratory is providing the best possible quality of services.

     

    sheriff-about-crimelab-latent-printsLatent Print Unit

    The Latent Print unit is comprised of examiners from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Lakewood Police Department, and the Arvada Police Department. All examiners are Certified Latent Print Examiners and some also hold various levels of crime scene certification through the International Association for Identification. This unit is responsible for processing evidence for fingerprints, comparing fingerprints developed at crime scenes to known suspects, and searching unidentified fingerprints through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).

     

    sheriff-about-crimelab-chemistryChemistry Unit

    The Chemistry unit is responsible for identifying suspected drugs for the presence of controlled substances.

     

     

     

    sheriff-about-crimelab-dnaForensics Biology Unit

    The Forensic Biology unit is divided into two sections, Serology and DNA. In the Serology section, analysts are responsible for examining crime scene evidence for the presence of biological fluids such as blood, semen, and saliva. In the DNA section, analysts are responsible for performing STR DNA analysis on the items examined in the Serology section. DNA profiles obtained from the evidence items can be compared to samples from known individuals in an attempt to identify the source of the evidentiary DNA profile. The DNA profiles from evidence items may also be entered and searched in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), the national DNA database. The DNA section may also perform male-specific DNA analysis utilizing YSTRs for certain cases.

     

    Forensic Photography/Video Unit

    The Photography unit documents crime scenes through the use of digital imaging, videography and aerial photography. Digital image processing and custom printing services, and video production and enhancement are also provided to agencies in Jefferson County.

     

    sheriff-about-crimelab-firearmsFirearms/Took Mark Unit

    The Firearms/ Tool Mark Unit will be operational in 2015. This unit will be responsible for the examination of firearms and the comparison of ammunition recovered from crime scenes to the ammunition of known firearms. The section will also examine and compare tools and tool marks recovered at crime scenes. Serial number restoration on weapons and other items of evidence will be part of the unit’s case work.

     

    Criminalistics

    The JCRCL also provides examination, testing, testimony and expertise in the areas of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Footwear and Tire Track Examination, and Crime Scene response..

     

    Training

    The JCRCL provides training in a variety of forensic disciplines to law enforcement agencies.

     

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