The Criminalistics Section deals largely with examination of physical evidence related to criminal cases, covering areas such as firearms examination, vehicle examination, trace evidence, pirated optical discs etc. Services are also provided for scene investigation of fire/arson, explosion and accident cases.
Firearms/Tool Marks Examination:
Examination of firearms, firearm components, ammunition, ammunition components, tools, and tool marks. Evidence in a typical case may include a number of recovered rifles, pistols, shotguns, and other muzzle attachments, magazines, and a variety of fired and unfired cartridges.
CD Forensic Examination:
Examination of audio / video CDs and DVDs to ascertain the manufacturer of pirated copies. Identification is carried out using a high powered microscope with a specially designed stage and is based on the principles of tool marks examination.
Microscopic defects and features are detected on the pirated optical discs and compared with exemplar discs produced by the mould suspected to be used in the manufacturing process.
Examination of evidence associated with explosion cases. Explosives examination involves the identification of the components used in the construction of incendiary as well as improvised explosive devices including bulk substance analysis as well as analysis of explosive residues.
Examination of scene of fire/arson to ascertain the cause of fire and laboratory analysis of fire debris is to detect hydrocarbon and other accelerants present.
Traffic Accident Investigation:
The main purpose of this investigation is to determine whether there was any contact between the vehicles allegedly involved in the accident and if so their relative position at time of first impact. Laboratory analysis includes paint, plastic, glass and the traces.
Examination of Wheel Units:
This covers the examination of damaged wheels and tyres removed from motor vehicles involved in accidents to ascertain cause of deflation/damage.
Examination and Restoration of Serial Numbers :
The examination covers the restoration of indented markings such as stamped numbers on objects. Examples of such markings are chassis and engine numbers of motor vehicles, firearms serial numbers and the production numbers on gas cylinders.
Trace Evidence Analysis:
Trace evidence analysis identifies and compares specific types of trace materials that could be transferred during the commission of crime. These trace materials include hairs, textile fibers and fabric, ropes, soil, glass, paint and polymers, wood and other miscellaneous substances.
Head of Criminalistics Section
Phone : +603-7985 3852
Fax: +603-7958 1173
Updated: May 27, 2018 at 2:29 pm