As of September 6, 2011, the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services will be open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. If you have any further questions on hours of operation, please do not hesitate to call us. Our phone numbers can be found below in the "Contacts"
Please note that evidence intake hours may differ from business hours. Please call Evidence or the satellite laboratory for further details on evidence intake hours.
Crime Scene Specialist Training
Basic class will be held February 27-March 2, 2012 Registration is CLOSED
Advanced class will be held March 12-16
Both of the classes will be held at the Larry H Miller POST facility in Sandy, UT.
To register and for more information about the classes, go to the "Training" page (link on the left hand side) and look for the downloadable registration
The Utah Bureau of Forensic Services is the ASCLD/LAB International accredited state laboratory system that specializes in forensic science. We offer all of our services free of charge to the police agencies of Utah. Our areas of expertise are:
All services are performed at the Central Lab only unless stated otherwise
Our central lab is located at 4501 South 2700 West in Salt Lake City. We also have two satellite labs located in Ogden (819 West 2nd St.) and Cedar City (351 West Center; SUU Tech Building room 109). Along with the 2 satellite labs, we have 3 partner labs (Murray City Police, Cottonwood Heights Police, and the RCFL)
Need to talk to someone in the lab? Have a question about what we can analyze? Have questions about how to apply for an internship? Below are the contact numbers that will help you on your way!
|Central Lab||801-965-4487||801-964-4544 (fax)|
|Biology||801-965-3870 or 801-964-4581|
|Chemistry||801-965-4382 or 801-965-3833|
|Northern Lab||801-393-4549||801-393-4574 (fax)|
|Southern Lab||435-865-8043||435-865-8727 (fax)|
|Crime Scene Response Team||801-638-7600|
The Utah Bureau of Forensic Services (UBFS) BIOLOGY section strives to provide rapid and reliable services to all local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in the state of Utah. UBFS makes every effort to provide the most current technologies available for Forensic DNA testing. The demand for Forensic DNA analysis continues to increase as new technologies and new techniques become available, therefore the laboratory feels it is necessary to clarify the case acceptance policy for DNA cases.
The laboratory has implemented the following DNA case acceptance policy. Submitting agencies should make every effort to adhere to this policy when submitting cases to UBFS for Forensic DNA analysis. The laboratory has the authority to deny testing when cases do not meet laboratory specifications.
* NOTE: possession sample profiles are not eligible for CODIS upload.
* NOTE: possession cases may require discussions with prosecutor to determine if
the case will be prosecuted. It is the laboratory’s experience that results vary from possession gun cases. Often times not enough DNA is recovered to make any statements as to the source of the DNA. Often times multiple DNA donors are present and a statement such as “cannot exclude” is reported and may not be valuable to the prosecution.
There are exceptions to every rule. If you have a question about a case or feel that your case requires DNA analysis, please feel free to call and discuss it with the Biology Manager.
Biology Manager, Chad Grundy, 801-957-8602
Biology Laboratory, 801-965-3870
The answer to this question is to first assess what you actually want to do. Television shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigations have misrepresented the role of crime laboratory personnel. On television, the CSI investigators do it all, from collecting the evidence at the scene, analyzing it at the laboratory and performing follow-up interviews with suspects and finally, and making the arrest. This is not an accurate picture of most crime laboratory operations.
All of the above-mentioned investigation duties are typically broken down and given to different individuals in the criminal justice community. For instance, the crime scene technician performs the majority of crime scene processing in the field, criminalists analyze the evidence in the laboratory and police investigators perform all interviews and make the arrests.
Each one of the individuals is responsible for their own piece of the puzzle.
There is a list of certified examiners in both of these areas that has been published to this website. Follow this LINK to see the list.