The Identification Unit
The Identification Section of the Bartow Police Department is responsible for the processing of fingerprint , palm print, crime scene , and evidence storage/disposal. There are two (2) full-time Crime Technicians and eight Patrol Officers have received specialized training and are utilized for processing scenes out in the field.
Latent prints are finger and palm prints that are developed from crime scenes by the use of powders and chemicals and then lifted from a surface or photographed and brought to the identification unit for comparison to suspect inked prints.
The identification unit has access to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement automated fingerprint identification system through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab and the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
The Evidence Unit
The Evidence Unit of the Bartow Police Department takes care of storing all evidence that is impounded for court. The Evidence Unit uses a computer system to keep track of the location of all evidence and transports drugs and other evidence to the FDLE state lab for analysis, and is responsible for destruction or disposal of any evidence that is no longer needed for court.
The Crime Scene Unit
The Crime Scene unit of the Bartow Police Dept processes crime scenes for latent finger and palm prints, shoe prints, blood stains, bullets, and any other evidence that may be useful in a criminal prosecution. The Crime Scene unit photographs and sketches crime scenes. Different powders and chemicals are used to obtain the latent crime scene prints, digital cameras and video cameras are used to record the scene and evidence.
The Crime scene unit videotapes training classes, photographs city property that is damaged for city risk management, and fingerprints the public when they need it for employment.
Bartow Police Department Crime Scene Technician, Jane Sohn, assists Citizens Police Academy Participant Ruth Trainor during the CSI Portion of the class.
Captain David Brooks, who retired on Dec. 31, 2012, began his career with Bartow Police Department in 1977. Captain Brooks is an expert witness in Fingerprint Analysis. He is shown here teaching the Citizens Police Academy class how to lift fingerprints.