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

At crime scenes we collect items to process in labs. For example, we gather DNA samples, latent prints and discharged cartridge casings from firearms for processing.

Forensic Garage

We process dozens of vehicles by taking photos, developing prints and taking DNA swabs on seized vehicles.

Mafin (fingerprints)

We conduct searches on thousands of fingerprints to help investigators connect suspects to crimes.

Computer Forensics

We examine data from computers and cell phones to help investigators solve crimes. Their work is critical, especially in child pornography investigations.
 Photo Lab Our photo section workers process photographic evidence used to solve criminal cases.
Video Forensics

We produce video files, isolate video into still images, and recover video files for investigators.

Firearms/Tool Marks Section

We connect guns to  crimes through the firearms ballistics. This helps firearms/tool marks employees and investigators solve many shooting cases.

Last updated Apr 25, 2019



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