Submission FAQ
Crime Scene

Do all FDLE labs have Crime Scene services?

A: No. Pensacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Fort Myers offer Crime Scene services. Orlando and Tampa do not.

What types of cases does Crime Scene respond to?

A: Most of the crime scene responses are for major crimes including, but not limited to, death investigations, officer involved shootings, assaults, sexual assaults, bank robberies, high end burglaries, vehicular homicides, hit and run. Each request is evaluated prior to response.

Does Crime Scene automatically respond?

A: No. FDLE Crime Scene services are at the request of a Law Enforcement agency only.

What specialized training does the Crime Scene Section have
that can be utilized on scene?

A: Specialized detection and collection techniques are utilized for the detection of latent prints, shoe tracks, biological fluids, embedded projectiles, buried bodies, scattered surface skeletal remains and entomological evidence. Please contact your local FDLE Crime Scene section for the services they can offer.

Does FDLE conduct blood spatter analysis, shooting
reconstruction or accident reconstruction?

A: No. However, FDLE can document the scene using various methods that can then be made available to a third party for analysis.

Can FDLE only 3D laser scan/map a scene if processing is
not needed?

A: Yes. However, each request will be evaluated prior to a final decision.

Are FDLE Crime Scene analysts sworn law enforcement?

A: No. Therefore, the agency requesting crime scene assistance will need to maintain a law enforcement presence at the scene while FDLE Crime Scene analysts are present.

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.