Whether it’s examining DNA or fingerprints left at a crime scene or linking exploded bomb fragments to terrorists, the FBI Laboratory’s world-class scientists use scientific rigor to solve cases and prevent crime and terrorism.
Law enforcement agencies can learn about FBI Laboratory services on the FBI’s law enforcement site.
The FBI has elite teams who collect evidence under the guidance of subject matter experts who provide training, resources, and support to these teams.
If a crime scene is complex or dangerous, technical hazards response experts ensure the FBI can safely access and collect evidence that involves:
- underwater operations
- confined spaces
- remote locations
- or hazardous chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) materials
Other forensic response experts and FBI photographers can provide detailed crime scene surveys, documentation, various types of photography, 2D and 3D models, and more to support FBI or law enforcement partner agency investigations and to aid in prosecution.
Nearly anything connected to a crime scene can provide clues for the FBI’s scientists—like a tire tread, a piece of hair, or a code scribbled on paper.
Forensic scientists and staff at the FBI's Laboratory Division use many scientific analysis techniques—such as cryptanalysis, document analysis, trace evidence, latent prints, and chemistry—to help crack the case.
Created in 1932, the FBI Laboratory is one of the largest and most comprehensive crime labs in the world. FBI Laboratory personnel are dedicated to using the rigors of science to solve cases and prevent acts of crime and terror.
Law enforcement partners can learn about the FBI Laboratory's offerings on our law enforcement site.
The FBI’s technical hazards team makes sure the FBI can access complex, dangerous crime scenes. These professionals ensure the health and safety of these scenes and make sure responders can gather evidence safely. They help the FBI work treacherous or difficult-to-access crime scenes like those in rocky terrain or even under water.
The FBI’s operational technology experts have technical capabilities that help the FBI and other law enforcement agencies investigate crime and terrorism. These experts exploit digital and multimedia evidence and support investigations involving digital evidence. The FBI’s Regional Computer Forensic Laboratories are full service forensic laboratories and training centers, devoted to examining digital evidence.