A vital part of the internal operations of the Police Department is the Forensic Science Division. The Forensic Science Division takes the forensic sciences and applies them to the law. The Division encompasses both sworn and civilian personnel, and is comprised of the Administrative Office, the DNA/Serology Laboratory, the Drug Analysis Laboratory, the Firearms Examination Unit, and the Regional Automated Fingerprint Identification System (RAFIS) Latent Fingerprint Unit. The Forensic Science Division, accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), supports the policing profession and the judicial system by analyzing submitted evidence, impartially testifying as to the analytical findings in Courts, and safely storing and maintaining submitted evidence until disposition is authorized. The Forensic Sciences Division significantly contributes to the Police Department’s crime reduction efforts.
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE MISSION STATEMENT
The primary mission of the Administrative Office of the Forensic Science Division is to serve as a liaison and coordinating body between the various Units of the Division and its internal and external customers.
DNA/SEROLOGY LABORATORY MISSION STATEMENT
The DNA/Serology Laboratory provides serological and DNA testing services in conjunction with criminal investigative matters. Advocating the science objectively, the DNA Lab educates law enforcement, state’s attorneys, and the courts on the forensic science and its proper use and limitations, in addition to providing impartial expert witness testimony in criminal judicial proceedings at the local and regional level.
DRUG ANALYSIS LABORATORY MISSION STATEMENT
The Drug Analysis Laboratory analyzes submitted evidence to determine the presence or absence of controlled dangerous substances (CDS), reports analytical findings to the State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) and the seizing officer, provides necessary training relevant to the laboratory’s work and protocols, stores evidence securely, impartially testifies to analytical findings in court, and destroys seized evidence when authorized.
FIREARMS EXAMINATION UNIT MISSION STATEMENT
The Firearms Examination Unit provides professional, unbiased, technical expertise in the forensic firearm discipline.
FINGERPRINTING (R.A.F.I.S.) UNIT MISSION STATEMENT
The RAFIS-Latent Fingerprint Unit supports the Prince George’s County Police Department and the judicial system by providing the identification of individuals through the use of accepted friction ridge analysis methods and protocols utilized in fingerprint identification and impartially testifying to those findings in court.