Laboratory Services


The Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau (Crime Lab) is a nationally accredited forensic laboratory that provides technical assistance and training, evaluates and analyzes evidence, interprets results and provides expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes.  Some of the scientific procedures utilized by the laboratory have the potential for linking a suspect to a crime, victim, or a scene. 

Laboratory management recognizes that the Laboratory is one element of a multifaceted criminal justice system and that scientific results generated by the Laboratory may be used by any element of that system.  The Phoenix Police Crime Laboratory is committed to generate accurate, impartial, and timely scientific examinations and opinions for the criminal justice system in the interest of enhancing public safety. 

The Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau consists of over 140 professional staff working in specialized sections which include Evidence Processing, Latent Prints, Crime Scene Response, Forensic Biology, Controlled Substances, Questioned Documents, Trace, Toxicology, and Firearms. 


American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB)

Forensic Quality Services - International

Mission Statement

The central purpose for the existence of the Phoenix Police Department Crime Laboratory is to provide the highest quality forensic services and scientific technical support to the criminal justice community.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to make Phoenix the safest major city by providing excellence in forensic science analysis.



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Laboratory Sections

Administration and Quality Assurance

Controlled Substances

Crime Scene Response | CSR Strategic Plan

Evidence Processing Unit (EPU)


Forensic Biology

Latent Print Comparison

Toxicology | Drug Fact Sheet

Trace Evidence

Related Information

Crime Scene Response Unit

CSI Experience