The Forensic Identification Unit (FIU) assists other police units in crime investigations by collecting, analyzing, photographing and evaluating physical evidence from crime scenes and motor vehicle collisions.

The unit is composed of:

  • Digital Imaging Technician (civilian)
  • 2 non-commissioned officers – sergeant and corporal – who oversee all investigations carried out by the unit
  • 9 Forensic Identity Investigators

Forensic identity investigators are responsible for examining crime scenes for physical evidence such as latent fingerprints, DNA, blood, and shoe prints. To process the physical evidence collected, investigators use many techniques, including:

  • Photography
  • Alternative light sources
  • Bloodstain pattern analysis
  • Ridgeology (fingerprint examination)
  • Three-dimensional digital scanning
  • Gun projectile analysis
  • Reconstruction

Forensic identification investigators are thorough, thorough, tenacious and objective in carrying out their duties. Their training consists of a two-month course at the Canadian Police College, as well as ongoing additional training within the RPS and through external agencies. The world of forensic science is constantly changing and growing, and as a result, CRF members should be familiar with many disciplines, including entomology, anthropology, anatomy, physiology, genetics, and chemistry.

In addition to their duties at crime scenes and in the forensic identification lab, FIU members are often called upon to present detailed crime scene evidence during court proceedings.

The Forensic Identification Unit works closely with partner agencies such as the Office of the Chief Coroner, National Forensic Laboratory Services, National DNA Data Bank and the Canadian Police Services Information Centre.