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Forensic Division
Crime Scene Section

The Crime Scene Section responds, at the request of law enforcement agencies in Greenville County, to provide photographic documentation and the collection and preservation of physical evidence from crime scenes. These services are offered on an equal basis to all law enforcement agencies in Greenville County. Crime Scene Investigators respond to scenes ranging from minor property crimes to those involving serious injury or death. On major crime scenes the Section utilizes a 3 dimensional scanning system to document the scenes and associated evidence for ultimate presentation in judicial proceedings. Follow-up response is often required such as attending autopsies.

The Section is staffed on a twenty-four hour, seven-day per week basis. Typically, Crime Scene Investigators work 12 hours shifts for a total of 84 hours in a two week pay cycle. The shifts run from 7:00am until 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm until 7:00 am. Employees will rotate between day and night shifts, weekend, and holiday work schedules are required. All employees of the Crime Scene Section are commissioned as police officers and certified by the State of South Carolina. In addition to meeting certification and recertification requirements they are also required to meet firearms proficiency requirements. Although not currently required, most employees have college degrees in related fields of study and competition for employment is highly competitive. Employees routinely receive advanced forensic training in areas such as blood spatter analysis, fingerprint matters, DNA evidence collection, bullet trajectory, accident investigation, and homicide investigation.

The Crime Scene Section maintains a secure digital database of photographs taken on crime scenes. In an effort to provide more efficient and customer-oriented services to client agencies, this system has been networked to the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office, Greenville County Sheriff's Office, Greenville Police Department, and Greenville County Coroner's Office. This system allows "read only" access to approved individuals of the database of photographs and gives the ability to print photographs from the database.

Employees are responsible for the follow up processing of evidence collected from the crime scene along with the preparation of comprehensive reports detailing the crime scene investigation. Crime Scene Investigators are required to give testimony in judicial proceedings on a regular basis regarding their crime scene investigations and actions taken.