Trace Evidence Section:
Trace evidence is generally considered small, physical material, that may be transferred during a crime, including: hair, fibers, gunshot residue, glass, paint/polymers/tapes, and unknown material. The Trace Evidence Section identifies and compares this microscopic evidence. Any physical contact between individuals and/or crime scenes has the potential to result in a transfer of trace material. The laboratory may receive trace evidence collected from a scene or receive items to be processed for trace evidence. Trace evidence is frequently found at crimes scenes such as homicides, rapes, assaults, burglaries, and automobile accidents (hit-and-run).
The trace evidence section has the following types of instrumentation available: