The Crime Scene Investigations Section is a component of the Criminalistics Bureau and is composed of the Crime Scene Detail and Photographic Detail.
Crime Scene Detail
MISSION: To support the community and the Department through professional crime scene investigation, scientific analysis and preservation of property and evidence.
The Crime Scene Detail is a civilian unit staffed by a Director, a Manager, 9 Supervisors, 56 Crime Scene Analysts and various support personnel.
The Crime Scene Detail is responsible for conducting investigations within the greater Clark County area, consisting of approximately 8,091 sq. miles and servicing a customer population of 2 million residents. The men and women of this detail work 7 days a week / 24 hours-a-day, to ensure coordinated response to various crime scenes located throughout the county. The Crime Scene Detail is also occasionally utilized to assist other Agencies upon request.
The investigation of crime and the prosecution of offenders requires information be obtained through the application of scientific knowledge and methods known as crime scene analysis.
The Crime Scene Detail is responsible for crime scene analysis to include the documentation of crime scenes through copious notes, reports, photography, diagrams, the development, lifting and recovery of latent fingerprints and the collection and preservation of physical evidence. Utilization of sophisticated, state of the art equipment assists the Crime Scene Detail in the detection and preservation of the various forms of evidence.
The crime scene analysts investigate various complex crime scenes, including but not limited to:
Abuse/Neglect of Children or Elderly
Fatal Vehicle Accidents
Officer Involved Shootings
Recovered Stolen Vehicles
Shooting Into Occupied Structure
The role of the Crime Scene Analyst is far from what is often glamorized on television. It is a job that requires long hours, tedious, and hard work. The work performed by Crime Scene Analysts is crucial to criminal investigations, with all members testifying in court on a regular basis, providing unbiased testimony to their scientific exams of crimes scenes.
CSI Response Standards
Selection of Methods
Based on the type of crime scene, evidence, and information provided, the LVMPD Crime Scene Investigations Section will select the appropriate method(s) of processing. A summary of methods used is detailed on the webpage located under the Crime Scene Heading.
Deviations from Requests
Adhering to Department policy, in order to maintain an independent, scientific based investigation the ranking Crime Scene Analyst at the scene shall be in charge of the processing of the crime scene. Prior to commencing the crime scene processing, the ranking Officer/Detective (if present) and the ranking Crime Scene Analyst shall confer to determine the actions to be taken.
Departure from Documented Procedures
CSI Section requests for crime scene analysis will be worked according to procedures specified in the Crime Scene Investigations Technical Manual. Any deviations from these procedures will be approved by the Crime Scene Investigations Director or a Crime Scene Analyst Supervisor and documented in the case file.
Release of Confidential Information
Court Order or Subpoena Duces Tecum
When the CSI section is required by Court Order or Subpoena Duces Tecum to release confidential information (as determined by LVMPD Office of General Counsel), the requested documents will be released to the appropriate parties as outlined in the Nevada Revised Statues.
When the CSI section is required to release confidential information to the accrediting body for accreditation activities, the required documents will be provided in the manner required by the accrediting body.
The Photographic Detail is a unit staffed by Photo Technicians and a Law Enforcement Support Technician (LEST). They are the custodians of crime scene photographs and support the Criminalistics Bureau, the department, various government agencies and the community. The detail is responsible for the handling, storage, and dissemination of photographic evidence.