Forensic Identification Unit
The 45-member Forensic Identification Unit collects, documents, and analyzes forensic evidence to identify individuals linked to crime through such methods as digital imaging, videotaping and latent print examination. The team includes the Video Support Section, Technical Data Recovery Section and the Archaeological Recovery Team. In 2011, the Forensic Identification Unit positively identified 364 persons from crime scenes and examined 744 devices.
The Archaeological Recovery Team investigates found human remains and assists with any serious criminal occurrence where a systematic ground search is required to locate evidence.
The Video Support Section provides audio/visual conversion, duplication and production and forensic video analysis. The unit plays an integral role in investigations where security cameras and other recording devices have captured individuals committing crimes.
2011 also marked the roll-out of the new in-car camera system for police cruisers by a 16-person implementation team with members from areas including the Information Technology Bureau, Technical Support Unit, Fleet Unit and Video Support Section. The new system is an exciting example of our commitment to professionalism and transparency. Officers are now able to provide the courts with video evidence of illegal activity, improving the outcomes of criminal cases. The system also enhances officer safety, reduces unwarranted or vexatious complaints, simplifies incident review and ensures our officers are accountable.