Peoria County Sheriff’s Office: Crime Scene Unit
The Sheriff's Office's Crime Scene Unit utilizes three full time deputy sheriffs. The deputies are highly trained in forensic sciences, including fingerprints, photography, arson investigation, and blood spatter. The deputies are responsible for gathering, preserving, and processing physical evidence found at all crime scenes within the Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction. At least one deputy is on call 24 hours a day. These officers ensure that evidence is processed by themselves or the proper agency, up to and including any presentation in court.
All three deputies collect fingerprints and testify to fingerprint identifications, which sometimes are the most crucial piece of evidence in criminal cases. The crime scene deputies are also responsible for the evidence vault, which contains every piece of evidence collected by the Sheriff's Office for investigation purposes. The primary goal of the Crime Scene Unit is to collect, preserve, and investigate any physical evidence which may influence the outcome of any criminal case.
Pictured at right are crime scene deputies analyzing evidence.