The Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs) conduct in depth crime scene analysis and evidence collection. Evidence specialists work with the CSIs on crime scene evidence collection and maintain custody and inventory of all collected evidence. Criminalists conduct forensic examination of evidence in the lab, as well as assist in major crime scene investigation.
All Nampa Police officers receive crime scene investigation training but our CSIs receive advanced crime scene training and are used on all serious crime scenes as well as on some moderate standard crime scenes, in order to free up Patrol Officers to handle the ever increasing call load.
Examples of the advanced crime scene training:
Buried and Scatter Remains
Footwear and Tire Tread Impressions
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Our specialized CSIs respond to around 500 calls a year. This is above and beyond their regular patrol duties. The Unit is lead by Criminalist Christine Cannon, who also leads the Evidence Division. Evidence personnel are responsible for custody and inventory of all evidence collected by Nampa Police Department, as well as assisting with evidence collection at major crime scenes.