The Odessa Police Department Crime Scene Unit, completely staffed by civilian personnel, is made up of six Crime Technicians, two Property and Evidence Technicians, one clerk and one supervisor.
CSU Crime Technicians
CSU crime technicians are responsible to assist in criminal investigations by effectively documenting, collecting and analyzing the photographs, latent prints and other physical evidence present at crime scenes and other locations.
CSU crime technicians receive forensic training from state and federal agencies in forensic disciplines which include latent fingerprints, photography, evidence collection and crime scene reconstruction and processing. They respond to calls for service for patrol officers, Traffic Unit and detectives using the Mobile Crime Lab Vehicle. This fleet vehicle is equipped with equipment, chemicals and supplies necessary to conduct crime scene processing in the field. The vehicle operates Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. with technicians available 24/7 for after-hours calls for service.
Our Crime Scene Unit personnel maintain a regional response to assist outside agencies such as Odessa Fire Dept., Texas Rangers, Texas D.P.S., U.S. Secret Service, D.E.A., I.C.E., U.S. Border Patrol, Medical Examiner's Office, U.T.P.B., Odessa College, E.C.I.S.D., Ector County Sheriff's Office, police departments and sheriff's offices in Andrews, Pecos, Ft. Stockton, Monahans, Alpine, Big Spring, McCamey, Crane, and Kermit, with crime scene processing, latent print collection and positive identification through fingerprints.
CSU crime technicians receive certification to operate A.F.I.S. (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) and I.A.F.I.S. (Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System), state and national databases storing inked fingerprint records used to match to unknown prints lifted at crime scenes for positive identification.
CSU Property and Evidence Technicians
CSU Property and evidence technicians are responsible for the care, custody and control of all property and evidence recovered and generated during the investigation of a crime.
Property and evidence technicians receive training and certification from T.A.P.E.I.T. (Texas Association of Property and Evidence Inventory Technicians), networking with other law enforcement agencies across the state. The Property and Evidence technicians receive property and evidence submitted to the Odessa Police Department by properly inventorying, packaging, sealing and storing items in such a manner as to preserve the evidence until requested for analysis, courtroom proceedings or until the statute of limitations expires.
Property and evidence technicians also work to routinely purge the storage areas of property no longer deemed evidentiary. Following procedures set forth in the Texas Criminal Code of Procedure, items are purged through authorized release, public auction, department use or destruction.
Property and Evidence technicians are available for property intake and release Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Those retrieving property should provide valid photo identifications along with proper court documents i.e., court dispositions, court orders, certified letters, case investigator authorization, etc.
The Crime Scene Unit clerk is responsible to maintain the paper and electronic records of the Crime Scene Unit. The clerk prepares lists and obtains signatures for court ordered destruction, auctions and property transfers and maintains those records.
Contact number for the Crime Scene Unit: (432) 335-5735