The Support Services Division of the Unified Police Department provides critical and essential services through two specialized Units. The Division is staffed with a Captain, Sergeant, Unit Supervisor, and sixteen civilian employees. The Forensic Investigations Unit consists of a Sergeant and ten highly training civilian crime scene investigators who provide the highest quality of scientific analyses to the criminal justice system. These services include Forensic Photography, 3D Crime Scene Scanning, Fingerprint Identification, Evidence Collection, Forensic Microscopy for Trace Evidence, Cellphone Forensics, Serial Number Restoration, and Marijuana Analyses. Additionally, the Crime Scene Technicians are all certified phlebotomists to draw blood as needed for criminal investigations. The Unit maintains a robust student internship program to those enrolled in criminal justice curriculums. The Unit is also under contract to provided Forensic Services to the South Salt Lake Police Department.
The Property and Evidence Management Unit is responsible for processing all collected evidence, the security of personal and found property, and the purchase, storage, and dissemination of issued property to Unified Police employees. The Unit is staffed with a Unit Supervisor and six full time civilian employees and four part time employees. Approximately 39,000 items are received and/or disposed of on an annual basis. It is of critical importance the chain of custody is maintained for evidence to be admissible in court proceedings. The Unit also sees to the legal destruction of controlled substances from investigations and county wide drop boxes. The processes utilized in the Unit meets or exceeds all local and national evidence processing standards for items received and is nationally recognized by the International Association of Property and Evidence. The Unit has become known to be a model for other law enforcement agencies and thus currently contracts for evidence storage.
Property and Evidence Management Unit
The UPD Property/Evidence Unit is responsible for processing all incoming evidence and ensures the integrity of the chain of custody for court proceedings. This unit meets or exceeds all local and national evidence-processing standards for items received.
The unit also accepts found or abandoned property. This includes found and recovered stolen bicycles. Found property is held for ninety days while we attempt to locate the owner. In many situations the property is released to the finder after ninety days has elapsed. Approximately 39,000 items are received and\or disposed of on an annual basis. The Property/Evidence Unit is also responsible for licensing all bicycles in Salt Lake County.
In addition to tracking evidence and found property, the Property/Evidence Unit purchases, inventories and disseminates property to UPD members. The unit also prints 95% of UPD pamphlets and other printed material. The Property/Evidence Unit currently contracts with other law enforcement agencies for evidence storage services.
This unit is staffed with seven full time civilian employees including a supervisor, and employs four part-time processors. It is nationally recognized by the International Association of Property/Evidence and is known to be a model for other law enforcement agencies.
The UPD cannot provide fingerprinting services for I.N.S. purposes. Those individuals can contact US Immigration for such services at 646.233.3836. Also, the UPD does not provide fingerprinting services for Utah Driving Privilege Cards. Please contact the Utah Department of Public Safety - Driver License Division at 801.965.4437. Click here for more information
The Forensic Investigation Unit is part of the Support Services division of the Unified Police Department. Our mission and goal is to provide the residents of Salt Lake County with a dedicated, skilled and highly trained work force of Forensic Investigators. We provide the highest quality of scientific analysis to the criminal justice system. Our Forensic staff is motivated by a strong work ethic, intelligence and integrity. Diverse educational backgrounds and areas of interest in the Forensic Science arena help us fulfill our goals and accomplish our mission. Envisioning a future in which we continue to build and develop a nationally recognized police forensic laboratory. One that partners with governmental and private entities to effectively meet the needs of Utah’s criminal justice community. We are committed to a strategy of continuous improvement, through education and constantly seeking to learn the expectations of our customers and striving to meet those needs and expectations.
The Forensic Investigation Unit is staffed with a Captain, Sergeant, 9 full-time civilian Forensic Investigators, and 1 office specialist. The Support Services division also offers student internship programs, and ride along opportunities to those enrolled in college criminal justice programs. We provide services in Forensic Photography, Fingerprint Identification, Evidence Collection, Forensic Microscopy for Trace Evidence, Cellphone Forensics, Serial Number Restoration, E-Trace (weapon serial numbers), and Controlled Substance Analysis.
Future additions include: Crime Scene Reconstruction, Blood Stain Pattern Interpretation, Document Examination/Handwriting Analysis, and Computer Forensics.