the DuPage County Forensic Science Center
About our Laboratory
The DuPage County
Crime Forensic Science Center (FSC) is located in Wheaton, Illinois,
30 miles west of Chicago. Since May 1st, 1971, the citizens of DuPage County
have benefited from the laboratory services provided by the Sheriff's FSC, which are made available to all law
enforcement agencies in the county. In
2006, the DuPage County Sheriffs Office earned the prestigious
international ISO 17025 certification for forensic testing laboratories through the
American Society of
Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB).
The mission of the
DuPage County FSC is to provide quality and
timely forensic science services to the criminal justice system of
DuPage County. The laboratory has three sections: Forensic Chemistry
and Microscopy, Criminalistics and Forensic Biology/DNA which offer
analysis in the disciplines of Drug Chemistry,
Trace Chemistry, Latent Prints (not currently available) and Forensic
DuPage County FSC Awarded Renewal of ASCLD/LAB-International
In November 2015, after an intensive on-site assessment the ASCLD/LAB Board voted to grant another four-year cycle of ASCLD/LAB-International
accreditation for forensic testing.
The Crime Laboratory Handbook contains critical
information for law enforcement agencies regarding the types of analysis
we provide, and the proper collection, preservation and submission of
evidence to our laboratory.
In 2016 the
laboratory generated 2,010 assignments:
(Firearms) - Outsourced
Forensic Biology / DNA
Chemistry and Microscopy Section comprises Drug Chemistry and Trace Chemistry. Drug chemistry analyzes evidence suspected to
contain cannabis or a controlled substance. Trace chemistry includes
analysis of the following types of evidence: hairs, glass, fire debris, flammable liquids
and chemical unknowns.
At this time the laboratory provides limited
testing for latent prints, contact the laboratory director for more
information. Latent Prints analysis involves the examination of evidence to determine
if finger, palm, and footprints found at a crime scene can be identified
as belonging to a suspect.
Biology/DNA Section comprises Forensic Biology and DNA. Forensic
biology involves the screening of items for bodily fluids and preparing
those samples for DNA analysis. DNA refers to the analysis of samples in
order to obtain a human DNA profile.
Our staff at the DuPage County FSC would like to thank the
National Institute of Justice for funding the creation of this website,
which will facilitate communication and collaboration with our