The Forensic Unit is responsible for conducting crime scene investigations for the Sheriff's Office.
The Forensic Unit is a specialized section consisting of four Detectives that have graduated from the Virginia Forensic Science Academy in Richmond, Virginia as evidence technicians. These Detectives have been trained on state of the art forensic equipment to help them located, develop and articulate pieces of evidence.
Several of the Forensic Detectives have been deemed by Virginia Circuit Courts as experts in several fields of Forensic Science to include blood spatter, firearms, bullet trajectory.
To accomplish their task, they are armed with an impressive array of technology. This section uses a vast array of specialized equipment in their daily activities. They have camera equipment including 8mm video, digital video, cameras using 35mm, digital SLR cameras, photo and negative scanners, and color printers. Alternate light source equipment including ultraviolet lights and a Mini-crime scope, electrostatic dust lifter, laser trajectory kits.
As a Forensic Unit, they investigate scenes to discover, develop, collect, and evaluate physical evidence which may include blood and other body fluids, hair, fiber, paint chips, glass fragments, fire accelerants, soils, firearms, documents, fingerprint and footwear impressions.