The Sheriff's Office is required by law to photograph and fingerprint any person who is arrested for an indictable offense as well as domestic violence offenders who have received final restraining orders in accordance with state law (N.J.S.A. 53:1-15) Specific forms must be used and copies of these records must be forwarded to the State and Federal Bureau of Identification. At the present time there are thousands of criminal histories and fingerprint records on file in the Sheriff's Identification Section. BCI Unit is responsible for collecting DNA samples of all persons convicted of crimes of the 1st, 2nd 3rd or 4th degree for the purpose of populating the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). These profiles developed as identifiers, can serve to eliminate or confirm a suspect where DNA evidence is recovered. This Unit will create photo line-ups and mug-shot photos for the victims of crimes upon request from various police agencies. Pictures are selected from our extensive files which contain over 200,000 photos of individuals who have been arrested for committing crimes. The Identification Section distributes criminal records to other law enforcement and justice agencies.
This Unit has a fully operational photo lab where they print crime scene photos and autopsy photos for use at trials. We also have the ability to make enlargements, enhance images, and produce still shots from video footage. In addition, we have the ability to develop film from 35mm cameras as well as print photos from all types of negatives (i.e. 35mm, 110, and disk film).
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