Sheriff's Office - Charleston County, South Carolina
In case of an Emergency dial 911
Sgt. S. James Phone: (843)
The Forensic Services Unit performs a wide
variety of tasks on a twenty-four hours basis and is
equipped to handle all types of crime scene
processing. The unit's main responsibility is the
custody of current evidence, i.e. guns, drugs,
clothing or any other items that may have
evidentiary value. Evidence is tracked by computer
during the judicial process until final disposition.
The evidence is then returned to it's rightful owner
(or destroyed in the case of contraband).
The Forensic Services Unit can process evidence for latent
fingerprinting by utilizing cyanoacrylate (super
glue) fumes, assorted fingerprint powders, stains,
dyes and a large assortment of chemical processes.
The lab photographs and videotapes major crime
scenes, public functions, ceremonies, or other civic
activities when requested by the Sheriff's Office
staff. The lab can also process exposed 35 mm color
film at our photo lab utilizing C-41 chemistry and
it can develop and print a roll of film in about
forty-five minutes. Mug shots are also the
responsibility of the lab.
The deputies working in the crime lab have been
trained and certified in marijuana analysis. The lab
has the capabilities to pour dental stone (plaster)
casts of tire and footwear impressions and to
reproduce rubberized impressions of cuts or tool
marks on items when the use of dental stone is