We have a dedicated team of CSIs and specialist staff who conduct detailed forensic examinations of crime scenes to gather evidence.
They visit crime scenes and work from laboratories to support investigating officers and help to catch and convict offenders.
It’s very similar to what you see on television and in films. Crime scenes get preserved and protected to ensure evidence is not lost or contaminated. There are lots of different types of evidence that can be collected, ranging from weapons, fingerprints, footprints, fibres, tool marks, blood, hair, paint and glass.
Crime scene searches get recorded using photography and video.
We work in collaboration with our colleagues at Gwent Police to provide a joint scientific investigation unit. By working together we are developing a regional centre of excellence for forensic services.
If you would like to know more check out BBC’s interactive ‘Crime scene forensics – How does it work?’ feature.