Crime Scene Detail
MISSION: To support the community and the Department through professional crime scene investigation, scientific analysis and preservation of property and evidence.
The Crime Scene Detail is a civilian unit staffed by a Director, 7 Supervisors, 45 Crime Scene Analysts and various support personnel.
The Crime Scene Detail is responsible for conducting investigations within the greater Clark County area, consisting of approximately 8,091 sq. miles and servicing a customer population of 2 million residents. The men and women of this detail work 7 days a week / 24 hours-a-day, to ensure coordinated response to various crime scenes located throughout the county. The Crime Scene Detail is also occasionally utilized to assist other Agencies upon request.
The investigation of crime and the prosecution of offenders requires information be obtained through the application of scientific knowledge and methods known as crime scene analysis.
The Crime Scene Detail is responsible for crime scene analysis to include the documentation of crime scenes through copious notes, reports, photography, diagrams, the development, lifting and recovery of latent fingerprints and the collection and preservation of physical evidence. Utilization of sophisticated, state of the art equipment assists the Crime Scene Detail in the detection and preservation of the various forms of evidence.
The crime scene analysts investigate various complex crime scenes, including but not limited to:
- Abuse/Neglect of Children or Elderly
- Grand Larceny
- Fatal Vehicle Accidents
- Officer Involved Shootings
- Recovered Stolen Vehicles
- Sexual Assault
- Suspicious Deaths
- Shooting Into Occupied Structure
The role of the Crime Scene Analyst is far from what is often glamorized on television. It is a job that requires long hours, tedious, and hard work. The work performed by Crime Scene Analysts is crucial to criminal investigations, with all members testifying in court on a regular basis, providing unbiased testimony to their scientific exams of crimes scenes.