The Bathurst Police Force currently has one Constable assigned to the Forensic Identification Section (FIS).
The Forensic Identification Officer has specialized training with forensic science techniques which allows the officer to examine and collect evidence from crime scenes that will be admissible in court. Many of the cases worked on by the (FIS) are serious crimes that are worked in collaboration with officers from other section of the Bathurst Police Force.
Although employed by the Bathurst Police Force, the Forensic Identification Section frequently assists neighboring police departments when assistance is needed in their territory.
Some of the duties of the Forensic Identification Officer include:
- Photograph and videotape crime scenes,
- Photograph victims of crimes,
- Collecting of physical evidence, such as hair, body fluids and fibers (DNA),
- Process, collect and examine fingerprints,
- Check and process photo line-ups,
- Measure, photograph and examine tire impressions and footwear impressions,
- Attend all major accidents and examine, photograph and process the scene,
- Maintain continuity for all items seized by the Bathurst Police Force,
- Send evidence to crime laboratory for analysis,
- Provide support to other sections of the Bathurst Police Force,
- Prepare and present evidence in court.
Constable: Cst Mathieu Noel