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Crime Laboratory Division· Overview

The Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory Division operates five multi-service crime laboratories in Seattle, Tacoma, Marysville, Spokane, Vancouver and limited-service crime laboratories including the Kennewick, Tumwater (Latents Fingerprints) and the CODIS Laboratory in Seattle. The laboratories provide quality forensic services for criminal justice agencies within the state of Washington.

All of our laboratories are accredited through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratories Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) and provide quality forensic services for criminal justice agencies within the state of Washington (RCW 43.43.670).

Forms and Publications


Below is a list of available forms, brochures and publications for the Crime Laboratory Division.

Crime Lab Manuals:

Click the following link for a complete list of the available manuals:

Crime Lab Forms:

Crime Lab Intern Application:

We Are Currently Accepting Applications Through January 12, 2015

Please send completed Washington State Patrol Crime Lab internship applications to WSPCrimeLabInternship@wsp.wa.gov.

Other Documents:

Crime Laboratory Services & Support


The laboratories play a vital role in the criminal justice process providing high quality investigative information by identifying evidence or linking evidence in major crimes to an individual or a scene. Scientific testimony is often the deciding factor in the judicial resolution of criminal cases. To support demands, forensic laboratory services are grouped into disciplines performing the following services:

DNA

Items of evidence are analyzed for body fluids such as blood, semen, saliva and touch DNA.  DNA testing of these samples is performed as necessary using STRs and YSTRs. DNA profiles generated from evidence samples are uploaded and searched in state and national DNA databases. Hits to convicted offenders are reported back to the submitting agency.Analyzing DNA Profile

CODIS Laboratory (felon database program)

The WSP CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) Laboratory generates DNA profiles from convicted offenders for the state and national databases. In accordance with legislative mandate (RCW 43.43.752 - 43.43.759), the CODIS Laboratory receives and types DNA samples from individuals who have been convicted of a felony, are required to register as a sex or kidnapping offender, or have been convicted of certain misdemeanors. (For a complete list of the qualifying offenses please see RCW 43.43.754.)  These samples are collected by law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities across the state using DNA collection kits provided by the WSP CODIS Laboratory. Training resources for our collecting agencies are listed below:

In addition to the convicted offenders, there are four other database indexes:

  • Forensic - DNA profiles generated from crime scene evidence
  • Missing Persons
  • Relatives of Missing Persons
  • Unidentified Humans

DNA casework analysts type samples for these indexes. Profiles generated from evidence samples are entered into the state database and searched against samples in other indexes as appropriate.

Eligible offender and casework profiles are subsequently uploaded to the National CODIS databank which links information from all fifty states. Investigative leads may be generated at the state or national level as follows:

  • Matching profiles in the Forensic Index (case-to-case)
  • Matching profiles in the Forensic Index and the Offender Index (an offender hit)
  • Matching profiles in a missing persons type case.

Firearms/Toolmarks

BallisticsScientists in this functional area examine and compare firearms, ammunition components, gunshot residues for distance determinations, and tool marks. These scientists also reconstruct shooting scenes, restore obliterated serial numbers, and image fired ammunition components for inclusion in the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS)/ National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) for links to other criminal events.

Microanalysis

Scientists in this functional area examine and compare trace materials such as hairs, fibers, glass, paint, impression evidence, soils, and other miscellaneous materials. These scientists also examine explosives and post-blast explosive residues, and conduct blood stain pattern analysis.Crime Lab Drug Testing

Chemistry

Scientists in this functional area identify controlled substances, pharmaceuticals, materials from clandestine drug laboratories, ignitable liquids in fire debris, selected poisons, and chemical unknowns.

Questioned Documents

Scientists in this functional area examine and compare handwriting, hand printing, altered documents, indented writing, machine-generated documents, paper, and ink.

Latent Fingerprint Identification

Scientists in this functional area process evidence for latent prints and compare the prints to those from known individuals. These scientists also enter prints into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System and search a variety of computerized databases for matches to known individuals.

Crime Scene Assistance

Participating scientists provide crime scene assistance to local law enforcement agencies investigating major crimes. These scientists assist the local agency with evidence recognition, evidence collection, blood stain pattern analysis and trajectory determinations, scene documentation, and scene reconstruction. For more information, or for crime scene assistance, contact the Crime Scene Response Team.

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Criminal Justice Training Services


Upon request, the Crime Laboratory Division provides training for criminal justice agencies within the state of Washington in the following areas:

  • Arson investigation
  • Controlled substances
  • Convicted Offender DNA CollectionAdobe PDF Format
  • Crime laboratory services
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Crime scene photography
  • Death investigation
  • Documents
  • Latent fingerprint processingAdobe PDF Format
  • Physical evidence recognition and handling
  • Rape evidence collection to hospital emergency room persons
  • Sexual assault evidence
  • Traffic investigation
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Crime Laboratory Directory


Seattle

Crime Laboratory Division - Seattle
2203 Airport Way S., Suite 250
Seattle, WA 98134
Phone: (206) 262-6020
Lab Manager: Terry McAdam

Kennewick

Crime Laboratory Division - Kennewick
143302 E Law Ln
Kennewick, WA 99337
Phone: (509) 734-5820
Lab Supervisor: Jason Stenzel

Marysville

Crime Laboratory Division - Marysville
2700 116th St NE, Suite P
Tulalip, WA 98271
Phone: (360) 654-1201
Lab Manager: Gene Lawrence

Spokane

Crime Laboratory Division - Spokane
580 W 7th St
Cheney, WA 99004
Phone: (509) 625-5401
Lab Manager: Jeffrey Riolo

Tacoma

Crime Laboratory Division - Tacoma
2502 112th St E
Tacoma, WA 98445
Phone: (253) 538-3207
Lab Manager: Kim Hefton

Vancouver

Crime Laboratory Division - Vancouver
1401 Kauffman Ave
Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: (360) 993-3800
Lab Manager: Ingrid Dearmore

CODIS

Crime Laboratory Division - CODIS
2203 Airport Way S, Suite 250
Seattle, WA 98134
Phone: (206) 262-6020
Lab Manager: Jean Johnston

Latent Prints

Crime Laboratory Division - Latent Prints
3310 Capitol Blvd
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 596-4525
Lab Manager: Randy Watson

Crime Laboratory Division Headquarters

Crime Laboratory Division - Washington State Patrol
2203 Airport Way S., Suite 250
Seattle, WA 98134
Phone: (206) 262-6002
Division Commander: James Tarver

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