The Washington State Patrol Crime Scene Response Team (CSRT) is
a partnership between the Crime Laboratory Division and the Criminal
Investigation Division. The CSRT provides a comprehensive investigative
capability for crime scenes at the request of any law enforcement
agency in the state.
The team, made up of crime laboratory personnel
and detectives from the WSP Criminal Investigation Division, is available
24 hours a day. They assist local law enforcement as they process
the crime scene as well as help them recognize, handle, preserve,
and package physical evidence. Laboratory personnel also help reconstruct
the events that occurred at the scene.
Crime Laboratory Division CSRT members are skilled in the following:
Collecting, controlling, and properly preserving all types of evidence, including:
Physiological specimens -- blood, semen, saliva, tissue, and bone
Criminal Investigation Division CSRT members are skilled in the following:
Crime scene surveying/measuring and CAD diagramming
Crime scene photography - still and video
Interviewing and interrogation
Drafting affidavits for search warrants
Writing search warrants and obtaining telephonic search warrants
CSRT Callout Criteria
As a general guideline, the CSRT will respond to the following situations:
Death investigations (except for traffic fatalities)
Sexual assault cases
Assaults/shootings involving a law enforcement officer
Other felony crimes as warranted by circumstances
Requests for crime scene investigation or assistance should be made
to the Crime Scene Coordinator through the Washington State Patrol
Communications Center at Tacoma by calling (253) 538-3240.
The Crime Scene Coordinator will make an assessment of the resources
needed for the particular situation based upon the details provided
and will make arrangements for the required personnel and equipment
to respond in a manner commensurate with the needs of the case.
Priority of assistance needed (e.g., immediate response, or can be scheduled)
Contact person and telephone number.
Airport and ground transportation information if priority requires aircraft transportation
For additional information or to requests assistance with a crime scene investigation,
ask for the Crime Scene Coordinator when calling the Washington State Patrol
Communications Center at Tacoma (253) 538-3240.
WSP Criminal Investigation Division
PO Box 42637
Olympia WA 98504-2637