Crime Scene Unit

About the Unit

The Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit (formerly known as the Crime Lab) was created in the 1970s for the purpose of photographing and collecting evidence at major crime scenes. Since that time, personnel numbers have grown and the unit's expertise has increased. The Crime Scene Unit still functions as the uniformed component of the Sheriff's Office responsible for the processing of crime scenes in Anoka County. The Crime Scene Unit is a part of the Criminal Investigative Division.

Evidence Intake is managed by the Crime Scene Unit sergeant and staffed by three property room technicians who are responsible for the intake, secure storage, maintenance and disposal of evidence received by the Sheriff's Office. Property and evidence are secured within multiple vaults on-site. Lockers are provided for evidence submissions by the Sheriff's Office personnel only. All other evidence is accepted in person from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m., Monday - Friday. For any questions or to make an appointment to pick up property, call 763-324-5097.

Crime Scene Services

The Crime Scene Unit currently consists of six detectives and one lieutenant.

Crime scene processing services are provided on a 24 hours a day basis. 


CSU Clandestine Grave Training

Clandestine Grave Training

Those services and areas of expertise now include:

  • Alternate Light Source (ALS) examinations
  • Blood stain pattern analysis and enhancement
  • Clandestine grave processing
  • Clandestine methamphetamine laboratory processing
  • Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD) and scene mapping
  • Crime scene photography
  • Evidence collection
  • Evidence print (fingerprint) development, documentation, and collection
  • Footwear, tire, and tool impression development, documentation, and collection
  • Luminol
  • Shooting scene reconstruction
  • Vehicle Processing - please refer to the Vehicle Processing Form (PDF)