Forensics Division (Crime Lab)

The Minneapolis Police Department’s Crime Lab provides analysis and forensic services for investigators. The Lab is divided into several sections and teams.

Field Operations

Each year this team responds to hundreds of scene “call-outs”. They collect items to process in labs. For example, employees secure DNA samples, latent prints and discharged cartridge casings from firearms for processing.

Forensic Garage

Crime Lab personnel processes dozens of vehicles by taking photos, developing prints and taking DNA swabs on seized vehicles.

Mafin (fingerprints)

The employees in the MAFIN section conduct searches on thousands of fingerprints to help investigators connect suspects to crimes.

Computer Forensics

The experts in the Computer Forensics section examine data from computers and cell phones to help investigators solve crimes. Their work is critical, especially in child pornography investigations.
 Photo Lab

The Crime Lab’s photo section workers process photographic evidence used to solve criminal cases.
 Video Forensics

The employees in video forensics produce video files, isolate video into still images, and recover video files for investigators.

Firearms/Tool Marks Section

The Firearms and Tool Marks team connects gun crimes through the firearms ballistics. This helps firearms/tool marks employees and investigators solve many shooting cases.

Last updated Mar 4, 2019



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