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Sheriff's Office - Charleston County, South Carolina
Forensic Services

In case of an Emergency dial 911



Sgt. S. James
Phone: (843) 529-5310


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 impractical.



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