Eastern Michigan University

Police Department

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  • EMU Police Emergency: 734.487.1222 or 911
  • Non-Emergency Police Dispatch: 734.487.1222

Evidence Tech Unit

Evidence Technicians aid forensic scientists and investigators by helping to identify, secure, collect and process evidence. Evidence Technicians help survey the scene of a crime or incident; write reports; and index, catalog and label evidence.  Evidence technicians may also:

  • Maintain records of evidence and write and review reports.
  • Testify in court and present evidence.
  • Look for trace evidence, such as fingerprints, hairs, fibers, or shoe impressions, using alternative light sources when necessary.
  • Analyze and process evidence at crime scenes and in theshoe laboratory, wearing protective equipment and using powders and chemicals.
  • Package, store and retrieve evidence.
  • Dust selected areas of crime scene and lift latent fingerprints, adhering to proper preservation procedures.
  • Coordinate or conduct instructional classes or in-service classes and crime scene training for other officers.
  • Submit evidence to supervisors, crime labs, or court officials for legal proceedings.
  • Serve as technical advisor and coordinate with other law enforcement workers or legal personnel to exchange information on crime scene collection activities.
  • Identify, compare, classify, and file fingerprints using systems such as Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
  • Photograph crime or accident scenes for evidence records.
  • Process film and prints from crime or accident scenes.
  • Interview victims, witnesses, suspects, and other law enforcement personnel.
  • Perform emergency work during off-hours.