Crime Scene Section

Crime Scene Technicians assigned to this section process crime scenes when officers or detectives call for their services.  Crime Scene Technicians collect and process evidence such as taking photographs and fingerprints from the scenes of thefts, traffic fatalities, autopsies, and deaths.

The Crime Scene Section is a vital part of criminal investigations because the evidence that the technicians obtain and handle allows the department to solve cases.

The Kenner Police Department’s Digital Forensics Unit (DFU) operates within the Crime Scene Section. This unit is tasked with the collection and preservation of digital evidence from a variety of sources using industry standard best practices.

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Duties Of The Crime Scene Technician

Crime Scene Technicians have been trained to process a wide range of crime scenes.  Depending on the type of scene they are processing, technicians may be required to:

  • Process crime scenes and take necessary photographs
  • Collect and examine latent fingerprints
  • Sketch scenes, obtain measurements of scenes
  • Collect and preserve physical evidence
  • Examine physical evidence related to criminal activities
  • Process physical evidence by use of chemical analysis and other criminalistic techniques
  • Deliver evidence to Criminalistic Laboratories for analysis
  • Provide court testimony relative to the above activities
  • Prepare appropriate written reports concerning their activities and findings

Duties Of The Digital Forensics Unit

The DFU consists of one supervisor and two technicians tasked with fulfilling all digital forensic requests. Each of the members receives ongoing annual training in the latest digital forensic methods.  The DFU is part of a Federal Electronics Crime Task Force, providing assistance to local, state, and federal agencies, with their digital forensic needs.   Some of the tasks DFU members are responsible for include:

  • Collection and enhancement of surveillance video.
  • Extracting and processing of data stored on cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices.
  • Properly preserving and storing digital evidence obtained.
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