Crime Scene Unit

Sheriff staff reviewing fingerprint images on computers and in dark room.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit consists of one Sergeant, five Crime Scene Detectives, a full time Latent Print Examiner, two Evidence Vault Custodians, a Finger Print Technician, Unit Secretary, and a part time Administrative Assistant. 

The Crime Scene Detectives are responsible for responding to calls of service from residential Burglaries to Homicides.  Crime Scene Detectives processes scenes for evidence, along with collecting evidence from scene to be processed in the Latent Print Laboratory.  Detectives have training in many areas in order to carry out their duties.  They are trained in utilizing chemicals for processing different types of evidence, utilizing Alternate Light Sources for developed latent prints to appear, along with a variety of different processing techniques.  Detectives are also trained in Digital Photography.  Detectives also have specialized training, to include Bloodstain Interpretation, Shooting Reconstruction, Techniques Involving Surface Skeletons and Buried Bodies, and Advanced Chemical for Processing.  Two Detectives are Latent Print Examiners and one is 10 Print qualified and undergoing training to be a Latent Examiner. 

The Latent Print Examiner reviews latent prints recovered from scenes by Deputies and Detectives. The latent prints are examined for comparison quality and AFIS quality.  The Crime Scene Unit is equipped with an AFIS (Automated Finger Print Identification System) and LIVESCAN terminal which are linked to the state database at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Evidence Vault Custodians are responsible for the intake of all evidence submitted to the Crime Scene Unit.  Evidence Vault Custodians log the evidence and store the evidence until it is utilized in court.  Evidence Vault Custodians also prepare evidence to be analyzed by outside sources, such as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The Finger Print Technician is responsible for the fingerprinting of citizens and registering Criminal Registrations and Sex Offenders/Predators.  Citizens required to submitting their finger prints for jobs or other reasons can be fingerprinted at the Sheriff’s Office.  Criminal registrations consist of convicted felons registering when they move into Leon County from another jurisdiction or when they are released from prison.   Sex Offenders/Predators are required to register at required intervals by Florida Statute. 

Criminal Registrations are completed Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Sex Offender/Predator Registrations are completed Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and Friday’s from 8:00 AM to Noon. 

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.