The Identification Division is a unique division within the Sheriff’s Office. Data suggests the division was created around 1969 and was tasked with the responsibility for maintaining the agency’s criminal records. The unit is currently the main repository for all Sheriff’s Office offense reports and attachments, and also the keeper of property and evidence collected and submitted by agency personnel- requiring the management of four “property rooms”.
In 2010 the division changed its name to the Forensic Services Unit; a division within the Support Services Bureau. The unit consists of six Forensic Investigators, two reserve deputies, one part time patrol deputy and two support personnel. Forensic Investigators are responsible for the documentation and analysis major crime scenes such as homicides, suicides, armed robbery, shootings and questionable deaths. The unit is recognized throughout Galveston County for its advanced crime scene training, and is requested to present expert fingerprint testimony in State and Federal courts.
The unit currently has two FBI National Academy graduates, and two graduates from the University of Tennessee’s National Forensic academy, as well as two Senior Crime Scene Analysts and two Crime Scene Investigators as certified by the International Association for Identification.