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Forensic Imaging Unit

Forensic Imaging Unit


The Forensic Imaging Unit (FIU) provides imaging support to the FBI Laboratory with investigative/forensic photography, imaging, photographic processing, and forensic art and graphic design to support federal, state, local, and international law enforcement investigations.

The Team

Unit chief, management program analyst, management and program assistant, supervisory photographers, photographers (scientific & technical), photographers (forensic), photographers (laboratory), equipment specialist, supervisory visual information specialist, and visual information specialists.

The Work

Forensic Photographic Studio

Provides photographic support and services directly to the Laboratory Division, FBI Headquarters, and field offices. These services include forensic and evidentiary photography, high speed and conventional video, photographic illustration, and imaging response for HEAT responsibilities.

Photographic Processing Group

Provides photograph enlargement services in sizes from 4x6 inches to 4x8 feet, CD and DVD duplication services, wide-format graphics printing, photographic mounting and laminating services, flat art copy services, and digitization of film and transparencies. Oversees the FBI Headquarters Portrait and Events Studio, which provides photographic support to Headquarters for employee needs and event documentation.

Technical Imaging Group (TIG)

Supports the latent fingerprint functions of the FBI Laboratory. The TIG uses conventional and digital imaging technologies to capture, process, and produce images of latent fingerprints that are used by forensic examiners in the Latent Fingerprint Operations Unit.

Forensic Graphic Design Group (FGDG)

Supports the FBI Laboratory with graphic design assistance through the development of items such as court charts, brochures, posters, fliers, and similar publications. FGDG graphic designers develop high-volume publication items that are professionally printed at FBI Headquarters. Forensic artists in the FGDG also provide the FBI and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with hand-drawn composite sketches of suspects as well as 2D and 3D facial approximations of unknown victims.