Criminalistics

 

Criminalistics:

The staff of this section specialize in the microscopic and instrumental analysis of a diverse spectrum of physical evidence. The cases actively investigated by this section include homicide, rape and sexual assault, hit and run, arson, assault, and burglary. This section contains five subsections, each responsible for a different area of analysis: hair and fiber analysis, paint and polymer analysis, glass and fire debris analysis, shoeprint and tiretrack comparisons, and food or product tampering.

 

*Beginning in 2015, NYS DCJS initiated standardized definitions for “items submitted” and “items 

  analyzed”.  Therefore, estimated values have been applied to these standardized statewide definitions.

 

 

 

2013

 

2014

 

2015

(Est.)  2016

Total Case Reports Assigned

346

312

307

375

Total Cases Closed(1)

319

277

316

342

Cases Closed by Analysis(2)

249

232

263

297

Cases Closed Administratively(3)

70

45

53

45

Total Samples Submitted(4)

1,374

815

260*

1,113*

Total Samples Analyzed(5)

2,280

1,166

1,408*

1,044*