Crime Scene Investigation

Crime Scene Investigation
All investigators are subject to being called to the scene of a crime twenty-four hours per day.  All supervisors and investigators are capable of thoroughly investigating a crime scene; however, oftentimes a second or third investigator may be called to assist and provide advanced expertise in a certain area of the investigation.  An investigator observes most autopsies involving questionable deaths and homicides.

2017 Facts and Figures:

  • The crime lab has 11 sworn peace officers
  • Received 1,416 hours of training
  • Provided 414 hours of training

Some of the courses taken were:

  • Crime Scene Documentation,
  • Photography I and II,
  • Fingerprint Examination – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced,
  • Firearms and Toolmark Examinations,
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis,
  • Electronic Evidence Analysis (includes; cell phone, computer and video) and
  • Property & Evidence Tech annual training and certifications.


Accomplishments: 

  • Bloodstain Pattern research article published in the Journal of Forensic Science, Titled: “Cranial Backspatter”, Authored by CSI Celestina Rossi, Co-Authored by Sergeant Leslie McCauley – September 2, 2018
  • MCSO Crime Lab selected to be part of the Texas Forensic Science Commission’s, Pilot testing program for forensic Science Licensing.  Passing Scores; Lt. Rick Anderson, Sgt. Leslie McCauley, CSI Celestina Rossi and Firearm’s Examiner Stephanie Luehr.
  • MCSO Crime Lab selected to be part of the rewriting of the Crime Scene Training curriculum for the state (TCOLE).
In addition to everyday duties, the Crime Scene Investigators spent 1,784 hours working 234 crime scenes of various natures.

The crime scene investigators of the MCSO crime lab are all members of the Texas Division of the International Association for Identification (TDIAI).

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