Forensic Identification ServicesE-mail Forensic Identification Services
2050 Jane Street, Building A, Toronto, ON , M9N 2V3
Officer in Charge: Staff Inspector Stephen Harris
Forensic Identification Services is committed to identifying individuals and analyzing forensic evidence in a professional, objective and efficient manner.
Forensic Identification Services, located at 2050 Jane Street, provides service on a 24 hour basis for the City of Toronto. FIS is an operational service unit providing support to all divisions and investigative units in the Toronto Police Service.
The unit is divided into several sections, each with specific areas of responsibility:
Staffed primarily by civilian Fingerprint EXaminers, are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the LIvescan digital fingerprint capture system and the computerized fingerprint search and storage system.
Staffed by civilians, the Biometrics Section is responsible for preparing photo line-ups from victims and witnesses for investigative purposes, maintaining the digital mugshot system, and training members in the use of Intellibook and Livescan systems.
Staffed by a forensic artist, is responsible for producing facial composites, aging, restorations and skull reconstructions to aid police investigations.
Staffed by Forensic Identification Specialists, are responsible for examining physical evidence from major crime scenes for fingerprints and restoring serial numbers using advanced techniques.
Staffed by a civilian member, is responsible for acting as the Toronto Police liaison with the Centre of Forensic Sciences (the provincial crime lab) to investigate hits from DNA submissions.
Staffed by a civilian Fingerprint Examiner and a Document Technician, they are responsible for the chemical treatment and examination of criminal writings for fingerprints.
Staffed by civilian Photo Technicians, are responsible for processing images from crime scenes and other police - related events and producing photographic products for investigative and court purposes.
Staffed by a civilian drafting technicians, are responsible for measurements of major crime scenes and the production of scale representations in the form of 2 dimensional charts and 3 dimensional models.
Scenes of Crime
Staffed primarily by Forensic Identification Officers, is responsible for assisting investigative units through the examination, collection and documentation of physical evidence found at crime scenes and subsequent presentation in court.
Staffed by Forensic Identification Officers, is responsible for coordinating training of members, presentations and operation of the uniform Scenes of Crime Officer (SOCO) program.
At Forensic Identification Services (FIS) both police officers and civilians use science to solve crimes. Forensic Identification Officers collect evidence over the course of hours and sometimes days in order to paint a complete picture of a crime for the courtroom. Officers use many tools to capture fingerprints, detect traces of blood, recreate a crime scene and analyze what they have found. Civilian members are employed to compare fingerprints, process photographs, create drawings and models as well as create composite drawings of suspects or victims of crime.
The “FIS Waltz” video captures some of the techniques and work of members of Forensic Identification Services, listed by chronological scene below: