The ID Section provides the department support in forensic crime scene investigation, arrest fingerprint processing, and a digital photographic lab. The Section also supports the Arizona Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AZAFIS) and the state mugshot system, known as ELVIS to our users. ID Section personnel teach at the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center (SALETC), and handle the majority of the public relations photography for the department. In FY08, ID Section staff and volunteers fingerprinted 6,715 members of the public for licensing, teaching certificates, job requirements and identification.
This unit is on-duty 24/7/365 for forensic crime scene response, and consists of six “squads.” These squads have a total authorized strength of 20 Crime Scene Specialists and four Crime Scene Specialist Supervisors. Members of this unit are responsible for handling the most serious and complex crime scenes by providing forensic crime scene support to all members of the department. The Crime Scene Unit performs crime scene photography, processing and collection of latent fingerprints, and processing and collection of forensic evidence (blood, semen, hairs, fibers, DNA, etc.). In FY08, this unit handled 6,876 requests for forensic crime scene work, and fingerprinted 2,799 subjects on arrest charges or to determine their identity.
This unit is responsible for the processing of all arrests made by the department – those physically booked into jail and through Mandatory Fingerprinting. The unit has an authorized strength of seven AFIS Technicians and one AFIS Technician Supervisor. Their main duty is to ensure that all subjects arrested match fingerprints on file, or to enter a new set of fingerprints into AZAFIS. In addition, they must make sure that all arrest charges and codes are correct. Once an identity is confirmed, the arrest information is sent to the department RMS, ELVIS, Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In FY08, this unit received 26,000 arrests.
Staffed by one Crime Scene Specialist, the Photolab is responsible for producing CDs and color prints of images taken by department members. In addition, this Crime Scene Specialist is responsible for handling the department portrait studio and public relations photography. In FY08, the Photolab produced 5,772 CDs and 22,383 color prints.
The processing of all crime scene evidence for fingerprints was turned over the to the ID Section in March, 2008. Beginning with a backlog of 720 cases dating back five years; the Evidence Lab was created handle this workload and is staffed by two Crime Scene Specialists. In addition to the backlog, an additional 132 cases were received in FY08. In just the four months since its inception, this unit was able to research, process, close or complete 553 cases.