Laboratory Services

Overview

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, Trace, Toxicology, and Firearms. 

The laboratory’s primary objective is to provide forensic services of the highest quality to the Criminal Justice System

Accreditation

The laboratory is accredited by ANAB www.anab.org meeting the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2015 and supplemental requirements of the accreditation programs.  Current certificates and scopes of accreditation can be obtained through the ANAB website.  Certificate numbers are ALI-178-T (Technical Sections) and AT-1675 (Crime Scene). 

Mission Statement

The primary objective 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.

Laboratory Sections

Administration and Quality Assurance

Controlled Substances

Crime Scene Response

Evidence Screening Section (ESS)

Firearms

DNA

Latent Print Comparison

Toxicology | Drug Fact Sheet

Trace Evidence

Related Information

Crime Scene Response Unit

CSI Experience