Burbank Police Department has a highly trained group of Evidence
Technicians. In addition to their regular duties as Patrol Officers and
Detectives, the Evidence Technicians are called out to process crime scenes
and retrieve evidence. The primary duties of the Evidence Technicians are
identifying, collecting, and preserving trace evidence; locating and
preserving fingerprints; documenting crime scenes through still photography,
video, diagrams, and drawings; utilizing computer programs to generate
facial composites; and
preserving, anything of evidentiary value. A major responsibility of
the position is to safeguard and maintain the integrity of all evidence and
a chain of custody in accordance with State law, City ordinance, and
Departmental policies and procedures. There is at least one Evidence
Technician on duty or on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Did you know that your
fingerprints, those patterns of whorls, arches and
loops, were formed before you were born and will
never change except from injury or disease.
60 to 65 percent of the
population have loops, 30 to 35 percent have whorls
and about 5 percent have arches.