Division of Law Enforcement Services

Division of Law Enforcement Services


The Division of Law Enforcement Services provides technical and scientific assistance to state and local law enforcement agencies, administers law enforcement recruitment and training standards, and acts as a criminal information reporting and exchange center.  The Division publishes a monthly Law Enforcement Bulletin, which is disseminated statewide to criminal justice agencies.


The Division is organized into four Bureaus: the Crime Information Bureau; the Crime Laboratory Bureau with facilities in Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau; the Justice Information and Analysis Bureau, and the Training and Standards Bureau.


The Crime Information Bureau is responsible for managing four state-wide programs: the Transaction Information for the Management of Enforcement (TIME) System; state criminal history repository, Handgun Hotline and concealed carry licenses / certifications.


The Crime Laboratory Bureau has laboratories in three areas of the state. The crime laboratory in Milwaukee provides analyses in Controlled Substance, Toxicology, DNA/Serology, Firearms/Toolmarks, Identification, Forensic Imaging, and Trace Chemistry.  The crime laboratory in Madison provides analyses in Controlled Substance, Toxicology, DNA/Serology, Identification, and Forensic Imaging.  In addition, the Madison lab houses the State DNA Databank and the State Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Unit. The Wausau Laboratory offers Controlled Substance, Blood Alcohol Analysis, Identification, and Forensic Imaging analysis.  All labs provide crime scene field response for law enforcement.


The Training and Standards Bureau coordinates a variety of criminal justice initiatives and serves as the staff of the Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB). It administers the programs of the Board for certification of law enforcement, jail and secure detention officers; of instructors; and of academies. The Bureau administers reimbursement of training expenses for participants in LESB programs and coordinates and supports statewide training provided by the Department of Justice to the Wisconsin law enforcement community.  The Bureau also administers state and federal grant funds supporting juvenile justice and adult criminal justice initiatives.


The Bureau of Justice Information and Analysis (BJIA) is responsible for conducting research, analysis, and program evaluation to support evidence-based decision making and policy development.  The BJIA also serves as the Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) for the State of Wisconsin and oversees the Wisconsin Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.


Review of State Crime Lab Resources for DNA Analysis
Document: Crime Lab Resources Review [PDF]