Division of Forensic Services’ Major Case Vehicle to Assist at Violent Crime Scenes throughout Illinois
Tinley Park – Illinois State Police (ISP) Crime Scene Services Command (CSSC) officials today unveiled the Agency’s latest crime fighting tool to assist crime scene investigators (CSI) with every aspect of evidence collection at the scene of a major crime incident.
The refurbished 19 foot freightliner van was donated to the ISP by State Farm and will serve as the on-scene command post mobile crime laboratory. The van is equipped with sifters, digging equipment to process skeletal remains, latent print kits, GSR kits, DNA kits, alternate light source kits, and many more tools to help seal the case. The van is also equipped with trajectory laser capability and state of the art technology for the CSI to complete evidence labeling and input directly into the CSSC computer database while at the crime scene.
The vehicle, which will serve five counties (McHenry County, Lake County, Kane County, Cook County, Will County and Kankakee County), will be stocked with crime scene supplies and will be deployed to large-scale violent crime scenes that require extensive investigative and evidence collection resources. Law enforcement personnel will have the ability to conduct regular briefings to assist with scene documentation and processing, and investigative updates.
“Our CSI’s do an outstanding job handling difficult crime scenes that require tedious and extensive evidence collection and their efficiency is crucial in the preservation of physical evidence,” said ISP CSSC Lieutenant Matt Davis. “This vehicle will enhance the unit’s overall mission, which is to provide factual, timely and proven assistance to criminal investigations,” Davis stressed.
The Illinois State Police regularly partner with several suburban police agencies, task forces, and metropolitan drug and enforcement groups on major criminal investigations. The Crime Scene Services Command dates back to 1970, when the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement, now known as the Illinois State Police, implemented a statewide network of officers so crime scene services could be made available to Illinois law enforcement.
Today, the Crime Scene Services Command continues to serve all 102 counties from 21 satellite offices, which are divided into 5 geographic regions under the ISP Forensics Services Division. ISP Crime Scene Investigators are dispatched on a 24 hour basis with the goal of responding to all crimes against persons within one hour or less.
ISP Mobile Crime Laboratory of 1942 ISP CSSC Major Case Vehicle of 2013
Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau commended the ISP Division of Forensic Services on their forward thinking approach in providing the most advanced resources to investigators who protect the evidence by conducting thorough forensic investigations.
“Protecting the integrity of evidence collected at crime scenes is one of the most important aspects of any law enforcement agency’s investigative ability,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “Anytime we can supply our men and women with the necessary investigative tools to solve violent crimes, we are one step closer to revealing the truth so that justice is served,” Grau added.
The van’s capabilities were demonstrated during a presentation of the ISP Forensic Services Division to the South Suburban Chiefs of Police Association Meeting in Oak Forest, Illinois.
Last year, Illinois State Police processed 2,780 crime scenes. Ninety percent of the crime scenes were processed for municipal and county law enforcement agencies.