Major Crime Scene Unit

The Major Crime Scene Unit (MCSU) is comprised of employees with training and knowledge of specific crime scene specialties.  The primary purpose of the MCSU is to process crime scenes for evidence.  The scene processing involves taking photographs, measurements, sketches, collecting biological evidence (blood samples, DNA, etc.), collecting physical evidence (knives, guns), collecting trace evidence (hair, carpet fibers, etc.), bullet trajectory analysis, latent fingerprint collection, and properly packaging all the evidence.  Types of crime scenes that the MCSU can be called out to include:

• Homicides and attempts

• Accidental death or life threatening injury

• Suspicious deaths

• Any assault with potentially life threatening injury to any person

• Kidnapping

• First degree sexual assault

• Fire investigations involving human death or potentially life threatening injury, or at the request of fire investigators for technical assistance

• Aggravated robbery

• Child abuse

• Explosions causing bodily injury to any person or serious property damage

• Death of a minor

• Other types of incidents when the sensitivity of the investigation or a forensic complexity precludes the normal processing