Forensics Services Unit
The Durham Police Department Forensic Services Unit (FSU) falls under the command of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Investigative Services Bureau. The unit currently consists of civilian crime scene technicians and a forensic supervisor. The unit is tasked with responding to crime scenes in the City of Durham and assisting surrounding agencies as needed.
At the crime scene, technicians identify, process, and collect all types of evidence using various forensic techniques including photography, alternate light sources, various chemicals including Luminol, and other methods. Once a crime scene is processed, a technician is responsible for the chain of custody of the evidence collected.
Reports are written and a case file is prepared for court. Technicians are called to testify in court proceedings on a regular basis and must attend annual trainings to stay current with forensic techniques and equipment.
Homicide Unit The Homicide Unit is responsible for the investigation of all homicides, suspicious deaths and missing person cases.
Property & Evidence Unit
The Property Unit functions as a restricted-access central repository for evidence seized or collected by officers or identification technicians, recovered or stolen property, and found property.
The Property Unit maintains secure custody of received items until such time as the items may be disposed of in accordance with federal and state laws, and departmental policy.
The hours of operation of the property room are:
Monday: 1 p.m to 3 p.m. by appointment
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to noon by appointment
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment
You must bring a valid identification card in order for the property to be released to you.