Forensic Services Unit
The main purpose of the Madison Police Department Forensic Services Unit is the application of modern sciences to the investigation of criminal cases. Investigators are primarily tasked with the retrieval, preservation, documentation, and processing of physical evidence present at crime scenes. Investigators also perform a number of laboratory functions as well. These tasks include photography, video analysis and examination, diagramming major crime and crash scenes, and comparing/recording latent fingerprints. The expertise of the investigators extends to a wide range of other specialized services as well, including assistance in death investigations, shooting reconstructions, bloodstain pattern analysis, traffic fatalities, and crash reconstruction in cases involving possible criminal charges. Members of the unit are also trained in the retrieval of data from cell phones, smart phones, computers, and other data storage devices utilized in criminal activity.