The Forensic Identification Section (FIS) provides a 24hr service for crime scene documentation including the identification, preservation, collection and examination of crime scenes and exhibits for presentation before the Courts.
A Forensic Identification Officer has a demanding and complex set of duties that is supported through diverse education and training as well as practical experience. Popular television shows like “CSI” have brought attention to the science of Forensic Analysis and although these shows are very entertaining, crimes are not always solved that quickly.
The Forensic Identification Section's responsibilities include the following:
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Coordinate submissions of evidence for forensic analysis by scientists at the Centre of Forensic Sciences
- Attend the Eastern Ontario Regional Forensic Pathology Unit during post mortem examinations for suspicious and out of hospital death investigations;
- Conduct fingerprint examinations
- Photograph, fingerprint and collect evidence from charged persons;
- Search unknown crime scene fingerprints on the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS);
- Collect and manage DNA databank samples;
- Work with victims to create sketches of unknown suspects;
- Respond as part of the City of Ottawa Emergency Response Plan;
- Maintain and administer the Scenes of Crime Officer (SOCO) program;
- Bloodstain Pattern Analysis at crime scenes
- Work with Computer Forensic Unit (CFU) to examine digital devices for the presence of evidence.
- Work with Imaging Services Unit (ISU)