Audit Report 14-09, Tampa Police Department's Forensic Investigation Unit audit report, Released

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The Internal Audit Department released their audit report of the Tampa Police Department's Forensic Investigation Unit.

The City of Tampa Police Department's Forensic Investigation Unit (FIU) is an internal resource that provides expertise at crime scenes. Crime Scene Technicians (Technicians) document the scene through photography and collecting, processing, and preserving all types of evidence. This includes collecting DNA and identifying suspects through fingerprinting techniques. Additionally, in their offices, Latent Fingerprint Specialists examine and evaluate the latent fingerprints developed and "lifted" at the crime scene. FIU uses advancements in technology through digital photography and video media collection / enhancement. Aside from criminal case involvement, FIU also provides fingerprint services to the public and other law enforcement agencies.

FIU has an authorized staffing level of 31. The full staff includes: Technicians, Latent Fingerprint Specialists, an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Technician, Fingerprint Technician, Multimedia Technician, and Administrative staff. Technicians and Latent Fingerprint Specialists must have an "exceptional understanding of law enforcement techniques and needs to perform their assigned tasks in a way that assists future courtroom proceedings."