The Laboratory Support section is the alpha and omega of the Crime Lab. Over 130,000 evidence items are received in Lab Support for all DOFS disciplines. Evidence Receiving Technicians remove evidence from the lockboxes, initiating the laboratory chain of custody for that evidence, and enter information in the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). All evidence is barcoded and imaged and all documents are scanned into the LIMS. The evidence is then scanned to a lab technician or scientist or to the Evidence Vault.
Most evidence is entered within 1-3 days of receipt into the lab.
Upon completion of the analysis of the evidence by the scientific staff, the evidence is returned to Lab Support where, with a few exceptions, is stored until it is returned to the submitting agency by Laboratory Support staff.