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What kinds of analysis do the crime labs do?
Areas of analysis include DNA, Document Examination, Drug (Controlled Substances) Identification, Fingerprint Identification, Firearm/Toolmark Examination, Footwear/Tire Identification, Forensic Imaging, Toxicology, and Trace Evidence. The labs also provide Crime Scene Investigation services and maintain the state DNA Databank. More information about the work of the units can be found here.
Who can submit a case?
The crime labs do not accept cases from the general public. By statue, the labs provide services primarily to criminal justice agencies. Services are also available to defendants in criminal cases upon court order.
How long does it take to complete a case?
While many of the technical details depicted in TV and movies are accurate, one thing is almost always misrepresented: to fit the story line, results appear in minutes. The reality is that it often takes much longer to generate case results. Careful and accurate analysis takes time.
Where are the crime labs located?
There are three crime labs, located in Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau.
Are the crime labs open to the public for tours?
No, the crime labs are not open for public tours. This policy is designed to help maintain the integrity and security of evidence and reduce the possibility of contamination.
How can I get a job with the State Crime Lab?
Vacancies are posted on Wisc.Jobs and may also be advertised at forensic science websites. All applicants, regardless of position, must undergo a rigorous background examination.
Do the crime labs offer internships?
For information, visit the DOJ Employment page.
Is job shadowing possible?
Only on a case-by-case basis, based on lab resources.
How do I request my DNA be expunged from the database?
Please follow the instructions on this form, DNA Databank Record Expungement Request DJ-LE-177