The Chula Vista Police Department Crime Laboratory is made up of three distinct entities: Forensic Unit, Evidence Control Unit and Business Office.
The Forensic Unit consists of two sections: Forensic Specialist (C.S.I.) and Latent Print Examiner.
Evidence Technician's work with police investigators at major
crime scenes. They are trained in the forensic sciences and are
responsible for locating, documenting and collecting physical evidence
at crime scenes. Evidence Technicians also process evidence
submitted to the crime lab for various forensic examinations including
fingerprints, high detail photography, and follow-up trace evidence
Latent print examiners use the latest technology, including computers
and microscopes, to examine finger, palm and other prints lifted from crime scenes or the evidence collected at crime scenes. Prints
identified by Latent Print Examiners often lead to the arrest
and conviction of criminals.
Evidence Control Unit
The Evidence Control Unit is responsible for receiving, storing
and legally disposing of thousands of items, property and
evidence, that is impounded each year by Chula Vista Police Officers,
Evidence Technicians and Community Service Officers. A wide array of items
are eceived by the Evidence Control Assistants, ranging from assault rifles to skateboards and everything in between.
Crime Laboratory Business Unit
Crime Laboratory Business Unit personnel perform a variety
of clerical duties that support the specialized operations of the
Crime Laboratory Forensic and Evidence Control Units. These duties
include; clerical and secretarial assignments; information request processing for outside law enforcement agencies;
typing crime lab related correspondence; and filing and computer data
entry. High on the list of responsibilities for the crime lab office
personnel is maintaining good customer relations.