Welcome to the DuPage County Forensic Science Center

 

About our Laboratory

The DuPage County Crime Forensic Science Center (FSC) is located in Wheaton, Illinois, approximately 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 Sheriff’s 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).

 

Our Mission

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 Biology/DNA.

 

DuPage County FSC Awarded Renewal of ASCLD/LAB-International Accreditation

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.

Accreditation Certificate & Accreditation Scope

 

Agency Continuing Education

For information regarding future training opportunities call (630) 407-2111.

 

Crime Laboratory Handbook

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.

 

Work Volume

In 2016 the laboratory generated 2,010 assignments: 

 

• Drug Chemistry 1,299  
• Impression Evidence (Firearms) - Outsourced 11  
• Forensic Biology / DNA 582  
• CODIS 72  
• Trace Chemistry 16  
• Cancelled Testing Report 17  
• Supplemental 13  

 

Laboratory Sections

The Forensic 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 informationLatent 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.  

 

The Forensic 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.

 

Special Thanks
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 submitting agencies. 

 

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