CRIME SCENE/FORENSIC UNIT
St. Matthews Police
Crime Scene/Forensic Unit
The St. Matthews Police Department Crime Scene Unit was formed May 2001. At that time, the unit had one technician. The department now has three investigators. The role of the crime scene investigator is to oversee complex crime scene investigations, evaluate the scene, photograph and collect physical evidence for scientific evaluation and comparison. The crime scene investigator may be requested to respond to homicides, sexual assaults, armed robberies, home invasions, and property crimes such as burglaries.
Although Hollywood depicts TV shows such as CSI, Law and Order, NCIS and other fictional police stories as real, keep in mind that crimes are normally not solved in an hour. Many hours of extensive investigation and the efforts of other outside agencies are sometimes involved in solving cases.
In 2009, the Crime Scene Unit was expanded to include digital forensic investigations. The department received a grant to purchase equipment necessary to retrieve evidence from surveillance video and any digital media containing evidence.
The training for crime scene investigations is ongoing. Oftentimes, the investigator will receive training and in-service courses so they will be knowledgeable with modern technology in the forensic field.