Crime Scene & Evidence
Crime Scene Technician
After taking office in 2008, one of the many changes that Sheriff Louis Ackal made was the addition of the Bureau of Investigations, Crime Scene Division. Including the Sergeant, there are currently three Crime Scene Technicians working in this division. These individuals work very closely with the Patrol and Detectives divisions, along with the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office to investigate all death calls and violent crimes. Crime Scene Technicians are called out to all major crime scenes to reconstruct and document the scene by note-taking, sketches, photography, videography and thorough report writing.
Technicians are responsible for recognizing and collecting any and all relevant physical evidence to properly package and preserve for future testing. In addition to collecting evidence on scene, Technicians are able to lift latent fingerprints, swab for contact DNA, field test for marijuana and cocaine and lift shoe cast impressions when possible. In 2014, Crime Scene Technicians responded to the following calls:
|Homicide||Suicide||Home Invasion||Armed Robbery||Aggravated Battery by Shooting or Stabbing||Other||Total|
The Evidence Custodian has one of the most important jobs in the department. They are responsible for picking up, logging in, cataloging and preserving all evidence collected along with transporting evidence to and from the Crime Lab for testing. They also provide the court system with evidence needed for trials and maintain written and electronic records of where each and every piece of evidence is located. Currently, there is one Evidence Custodian working in this division. Below are the numbers of the pieces of evidence collected in 2014:
Along with the evidence processed for 2014, 30 Blood Alcohol kits were mailed to Louisiana State Police for processing. 130 firearms were submitted into evidence and all 130 firearms were e-traced through the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Note: The e-trace reports the original purchaser and original location from which the firearm was purchased. 2, 361 items of evidence were submitted to the Acadiana Crime Lab for analysis. In addition to the incoming evidence, 109 items were released back to owners.