Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit Highly Trained, Provides Critical Services
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // December 17, 2016
Unit is on call 24 hours a day
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of almost 1,500 members who each work in various units throughout Brevard County. Each member and unit play a vital role to the success of our mission and to the protection of our residents and visitors.
In an effort to introduce our citizens to our members and their assignments, we occasionally post “Unit Profiles” to share the incredible work that takes place behind the scenes of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
Tonight I am extremely proud to introduce you to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.
Our Crime Scene Unit consists of one Sergeant, nine Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) and one Staff Assistant.
On any given day, members of our Crime Scene Unit may be called to respond to burglaries, robberies, homicides, death investigations, or search warrants, to name just a few. While they all have consistent schedules in the office, there is always a number of them that are on call 24 hours a day.
When they are not out in the field, they can usually be found processing evidence in the CSU Laboratory for biological and latent print evidence, writing reports, or working on lab submissions.
The caseload assignment (although still at times overwhelming) has been reduced to a manageable level by having nine Crime Scene Investigators in the unit.
By doing so they are able to provide efficient and professional services in each case, while also having the ability to assist other agencies within our county who often call upon our team for resources in the area of Crime Scene Investigations.
Throughout the year our Crime Scene Investigators maintain up-to-date training and proficiency within the field of Forensic Science largely in part to the experience they gain at the National Forensic Academy (NFA) in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The NFA is a 10-week intensive training program taught by experts within each discipline of Forensic Science, which all of our CSI’s are fortunate to attend.
The equipment utilized by the Crime Scene Unit for laboratory and fieldwork consists of filtered drying chambers for drying wet or bloody evidence, a humidity controlled and timed superglue chamber, alternate light sources assigned to each CSI, a state of the art FARO 3D laser scanner for precise measuring/diagramming of scenes, and other improved equipment.
The Crime Scene Unit also was provided with, through a federal grant, a Mobile Crime Lab. This vehicle provides a large platform from which to work extensive or large scale crime scenes. It also has the capacity to carry all equipment necessary for virtually any crime scene response.
As you can see, we as a community are very fortunate to have this incredible level of expertise in the area of Crime Scene Investigations to serve our community and to aid in the protection of our citizens.
Please join me in thanking our Crime Scene Unit for everything they do for our agency and community.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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