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Crime Lab
  The CMPD Crime Lab has five specialized sections that provide state-of-the-art forensic analytical services for this police department as well as municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in Mecklenburg county. 

The Crime Lab is accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). Forensic analysis is conducted in the disciplines of serology/DNA, controlled substances, blood alcohol, fire debris, latent prints, firearms, toolmarks, impression evidence (footwear/tires) and questioned documents. The laboratory uses some of the latest database technology available to the forensic community such as CODIS, IBIS, AFIS and IAFIS​.

Questioned Documents
The Questioned Document Examiner is responsible for conducting analysis on any document when there is a question about its origin or authenticity. 

The Biology Section is responsible for analyses in serology (examination and identification of bodily fluids)and DNA through CODIS (Combined DNA Index System). 

Latent Prints 
Latent Fingerprint Examiners use a variety of powders, chemicals, and alternative light sources to visualize latent fingerprints from a variety of different materials and surfaces.

Services provided by this section include determining operability of various types of firearms, bullet and cartridge case comparisons, determining the type of firearm from which a bullet or cartridge case was fired, serial number restoration, gunshot residue examinations and range determinations, toolmark comparisons and footwear & tire comparisons.

On-staff chemists provide analytical identification services for illicit drug identification, fire debris analysis in arson cases, and blood alcohol analysis to assist investigations involving DWI incidents.