Division of Forensic Services
Forensic Sciences Command

Knowledge Through Excellence
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In an effort to facilitate social distancing to protect our community and our employees during the national emergency surrounding the COVID19 outbreak, the ISP has limited the number of staff working in office facilities, to include the forensic science laboratories. At this time, the laboratories remain open and are accepting evidence for cases involving violent crimes; however, routine submissions are requested to be held until further notice.

The ISP will continue to evaluate the health risk posed by the virus as well as the needs of the criminal justice community and implement changes to on-site staffing and submission policies as warranted. As always, laboratory management remains available to discuss with law enforcement agencies specific needs as they arise.

The Forensic Sciences Command, part of the Illinois State Police, Division of Forensic Services, maintains six operational forensic science laboratories. The Forensic Sciences Command is charged with performing two major operational functions: to provide scientific analysis of physical evidence to agencies in the Illinois criminal justice system, and to provide training of a scientific nature to command employees and to officers in the law enforcement community. The operational laboratories are located in the following communities: Belleville, Chicago, Joliet, Morton, Rockford and Springfield. A Statewide Training Program provides training for command employees at various command laboratory sites. The command also maintains a Research & Development Laboratory to enhance current scientific techniques, develop new analytical procedures, and research specialized projects.

Forensic scientists examine evidence collected by crime scene investigators. The Latin word forensis translates generally into English as “a public forum or place to debate and argue.” Forensic scientists use their skills to examine, identify, evaluate, and objectively describe evidence from crime scenes for argument between prosecution and defense attorneys in courts. Judges and juries decide what the evidence implies.

The Illinois State Police Forensic Science Laboratory System became the first such laboratory system in history to be accredited for the quality of its service.


Sean Cormier

Robin Woolery
Asst. Deputy Director

Jan L. Johnson

Timothy T. Tripp
Bureau Chief

Brian Mayland
Acting Bureau Chief

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