Forensic Document Examination

Document ExaminationOur mission is to examine items of evidence in order to determine the source of handwriting and office machine-produced documents. In addition, Document Examiners work to detect alterations, decipher obliterations, restore legibility of damaged documents, and recover indented handwriting or other impressions from paper. They are often able to establish the authenticity of a document through their comparison of inks and papers. A document is defined as anything upon which a mark is made for the purpose of conveying a message. Many seemingly insignificant documents involved in criminal investigations may offer proof of certain facts. If needed by a court of law, an analyst may present their findings to a jury during a criminal trial.
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Florida Department of Law Enforcement Priorities

FDLE is composed of five areas: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism and Florida Capitol Police. FDLE’s duties, responsibilities and procedures are mandated through Chapter 943, FS, and Chapter 11, FAC. To learn more about these areas, read our Statement of Agency Organization and Operation or visit our Open Government page.