The Crime Scene Unit is a detail in the
Summerville Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division.
The Crime Scene Unit responds to a wide array of calls and is
responsible for documenting crime scenes; identifying, collecting
and preserving evidence. The Crime Scene Unit also assists other
units within the department with evidence processing and collection
crime scene is unique. The investigators of the Crime Scene
Unit use many tools and techniques in the processing of crime
scenes. Many are simple and well known; others are the most advance
tools available to Law Enforcement.
"Wherever he steps, whatever he touches,
whatever he leaves, even unconsciously, will serve as silent witness
Not only his fingerprints, or his
footprints, but his hair, the fiber from his clothing, the glass he
breaks, the tool marks he leaves, the paint he scratches, the blood
or seamen he deposits or collects - all these and more bear mute
witness against him.
This is evidence that does not forget.
It is not confused by the excitement of the moment. It is not absent
because human witnesses are. It is factual evidence.
Physical evidence cannot be wrong; it
cannot perjure itself; it cannot be wholly absent . Only it's
interpretation can err.
Only human failure to find it, study and
understand it, can diminish it's value."
Harris v U.S., 331 U.S.