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Who Are We?

The Utah Bureau of Forensic Services Laboratory System (aka, the State Crime Lab) was created by the Legislature to provide timely and comprehensive criminalistic services to criminal justice entities within the State of Utah.  By statute (53-10-104), the laboratory shall: “(5) analyze evidence from crime scenes and crime-related incidents for criminal prosecution; (6) provide criminalistics laboratory services to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecuting attorneys’ and agencies, and public defenders…”

The Bureau of Forensic Services is located within the Utah Department of Public Safety and has been accredited since 1996 by ASCLD/LAB and transitioned to the ASCLD/LAB International  program in 2007. The UBFS’ current scope of accreditation by ANAB can be found here.



NOTICE TO LABORATORY CUSTOMERS

Laboratory accreditation requirements dictate that customers (law enforcement, attorneys, court personnel, etc.) be notified of certain laboratory procedures and policies. This notice serves as a general notification to customers of these practices. Any customer submitting evidence to the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services accepts these terms.

By using laboratory services, user agencies agree to receive simplified reports. Please click the following link for details.

Simplified Laboratory Reports 



Services

The Bureau provides its services from three separate laboratories.  These laboratories are the Central Laboratory located in Taylorsville, UT, the Northern Laboratory in Ogden, UT, and the Southern Laboratory located in Cedar City, UT. The Bureau is the only full-service, forensic science provider in the State and provides the following services:

  • Scientific Consulting: Our scientists are available for laboratory consultation during normal business hours or after hours through the crime scene call out phone.  We encourage contact and believe that constructive discussions between laboratory scientists, crime scene personnel, investigators and prosecutors greatly assist in the criminal justice fact finding mission.  For complex cases, we ask that a meeting between all applicable entities be held prior to the submission of evidence.  This meeting will greatly assist in expediting the most probative samples for laboratory testing
  • Law Enforcement Training: The laboratory is the sole provider of comprehensive forensic science training for Utah law enforcement.  We provide training for minimal or no charge.  The following is a list of trainings offered:
    • Field Investigation Drug Officer (FIDO)
    • Marijuana Leaf Identification
    • Basic Crime Scene Specialist
    • Advanced Crime Scene Specialist
    • Shooting Scene Reconstruction
    • Evidence Preservation and Packaging
    • DNA Academy
    • Latent Print Detection, Documentation and Collection Course
  • Crime Scene Response: We do not have a separate crime scene unit but rather our employees serve a dual role as both forensic scientists and crime scene responders.  This service is available to law enforcement agencies during all hours.  We encourage calls, even if it is a submission question.
  • Courtroom Testimony: The criminal justice must have accurate facts in which to make its determinations.  Hence, the ultimate success of the scientific consultation, law enforcement training, and laboratory testing resides in how well the final report and examiner testimony is received in the courtroom.  Consequently, all of the Bureau’s scientific staff are court-qualified forensic experts in their respective disciplines.  We encourage all legal entities with questions to contact the laboratory for further information.