Trace Materials

Our mission is to examine small to microscopic items of evidence, sometimes no larger than a grain of sand. This includes examinations of paint, polymers, glass, fibers, and fracture match. Examples of comparisons include: paint found on a hit and run victim compared to a suspect's vehicle; glass from suspect's clothes compared with broken glass from a crime scene; or fibers recovered from a person or scene compared to the clothing from a suspect or victim. Analysts also examine cut, broken, or torn objects to determine if they were at one time part of the same object. Analytical procedures include the use of chemicals, various types of microscopy, and sophisticated instrumentation. If needed by a court of law, an analyst may present their findings to a jury during a criminal trial.
Forensic Services Informational Video
Play Informational Video


Casework Statistics
Select Image for Larger version
Trace Materials Evidence Turnaround Time (Days) Trace Materials Evidence Statistics