Crime Scene Department

From breaking and entering to capital offenses, crime scene officers are the first forensic specialists on the scene. Depending on the gravity or complexity of the crime or case, they may be reinforced by additional FOR specialists.


Before the actual search for and recovery of evidence can begin, the entire scene undergoes photographic documentation. Shoe- and fingerprints, toolmarks, traces of fibres, glass, or paint, as well as biological evidence will be collected. Since some of this evidence can be invisible to the naked eye, special lighting is employed.


Additional responsibilities include identification of the deceased, photographic documentation of autopsies at the Institute for Forensic Medicine, and the forensic investigation of disaster scenes. Various team members are also active both nationally and internationally on behalf of the Swiss DVI Team (Disaster Victim Identification).