Law and Public Safety

Law and Public Safety

Our Mission

The objectives of the St. Louis County Police Crime Laboratory include the following:

  • To maintain an adequately trained staff and enhance their professional expertise through professional development.
  • To identify scientifically acceptable and validated procedures for forensic examinations.
  • To provide impartial testing results for which he/she is properly trained and determined to be competent without bias and free of internal and external influence.
  • To provide clear, concise, and accurate testimony based on conclusions and opinions supported by good scientific principles and methods.
  • To provide a secure and safe facility for laboratory employees to work.

History

The St. Louis County Crime Laboratory has been a forensic service provider to the citizens of St. Louis County for nearly fifty years (July 1966).
First Crime Lab Supervisor William J. Secunda in front of a comparison microscope, circa 1966
The laboratory currently services the St. Louis County Police Department, nearly ninety municipal police agencies within St. Louis County, as well as several federal agencies. The laboratory is tasked with providing scientific analyses of physical evidence for these agencies while also offering training of a scientific nature to officers in the law enforcement community. Forensic scientists at the lab use specialized skills to identify, evaluate, and objectively describe evidence from crime scenes, generate reports of these findings, and testify to the results for the judicial system.

The crime laboratory offers forensic services of four different disciplines: Biology/DNA, Drug Chemistry, Fire Debris/Ignitable Liquids, Firearms/Toolmarks, and Photographic services.

In order to assure compliance with national testing standards, the Biology/DNA section gained accreditation through the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) in 2004. In 2005, the St. Louis County Crime Lab was awarded and has maintained accreditation through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors - Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). This
The forensic scientist (Biological Screener) using the Alternate Light Source (ALS) to look for areas that may contain bodily fluids, in 2013
accreditation covers the areas of Controlled Substances, Toxicology (blood alcohols only), Trace Evidence (fire debris), Firearms/Toolmarks, and Biology. The laboratory is currently progressing to accreditation under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 standards.

The crime laboratory receives an average of 7000 requests to test evidence, which results in approximately 50,000 tests and 15,000 items tested annually. The laboratory utilizes forensic databases as essential crime fighting tools which have provided and continue to provide important investigative leads for law enforcement. Database “hits” are routinely processed in the Firearms and DNA sections. Annual monies are received through local and federal grants to upgrade instrumentation, validate new technologies, provide training for scientists, and increase efficiency and capacity within the sections. Interns and volunteers are an important part of several units, allowing for firsthand experience while providing additional support.

For more information, please contact:

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Lieutenant Dana Fulton, Commander
Telephone: (314) 615-5365
E-mail: [dfulton@stlouisco.com]

Ms. Lisa Campbell, Deputy Director
Telephone: (314) 615-5365
E-mail: [lcampbell@stlouisco.com]

7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Fax: 314-615-8956

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM*
The Laboratory is closed on all St. Louis County Government holidays
*Please call for an appointment if submitting evidence


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7900 Forsyth Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105

Emergency Calls: Call 911
Non-Emergency Reporting / General Information: (314) 889-2341
TDD: (314) 889-2345