​Fingerprinting Service

Evidence and Identification

The Bellingham Police Department provides fingerprinting and property retrieval services. See our Services section for more information.

If you have property that you need to claim from the Evidence & Identification department, please call to make an appointment and we will be happy to assist you.

Evidence and Identification Unit - About Us

This unit has three work groups that collect, analyze and hold property as evidence or for safekeeping.  It is currently supervised by Sergeant David Richards.

  • Evidence Custodian and Technicians:
    • Consist of a sergeant and two civilian technicians.
    • Catalog and maintain the records for and physical custody of approximately 10,000 items impounded each year.
    • Prepare evidence for shipping to the Washington State Crime Lab and maintain the chain of custody on all items in their care.
    • Transport evidence to court and testify to the chain of custody.
    • Identify the owners and return impounded property.
    • May be reached at (360) 778-8743 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
  • Crime Scene Investigators:
    • Consist of two Evidence and Identification Officers (CSI unit leads) and four uniform patrol CSIs who specialize in the identification, collection and packaging of evidence.
    • Work as a team of three to provide 24 hour coverage.
    • Analyze and test evidence or prepare the evidence to be sent to the crime lab.
    • Areas of expertise:        
      • Detection and development of latent prints.
      • Examination of fingerprints. We have four Latent Print Examiners who use the Automated Biometric Indexing System.  This is operated through the WSP Crime Lab System and the Washington Information Network.
      • Digital photography.
      • Collection and preservation of DNA samples.
      • Blood spatter.
      • Diagraming and documentation of crime scenes.
  • Computer and Audio Visual Forensics Officers:
    • Consist of two Computer Forensic Officers and one Audiovisual Forensic Officer.  They collect, preserve and analyze evidence from computers, cell phones, tablets and video systems.
    • They are on call 24/7 to assist officers, crime scene investigators and detectives. They maintain uniforms and assist patrol in times of need.
    • Training is intensive and ongoing with classes ranging from five days to several weeks.  Our officers maintain all required certifications and licenses.

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Bellingham Police Department Home Page
505 Grand Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 778-8800
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