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Forensic Services

About the Bureau of Forensic Services


The Bureau is located on the grounds of the Florida Public Safety Institute near Midway, FL.


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A carbon membrane is used to extract ignitable liquid vapors from fire debris.

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Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectral Detector is the instrument of choice for fire debris analysis.

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Infrared and Raman spectrometry is used in explosives and unknown chemical analysis.

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Who We Are

The Bureau of Forensic Services (BFS) is located in Havana, Florida and is one of only three state forensic laboratories dedicated to the forensic analysis of evidence from fires or explosions in the U.S. We work tirelessly to find and identify trace evidence that can have a significant impact on criminal investigations.

How We Help You

On our webpage, you can learn important information which can assist criminal investigations as well as court cases (criminal and civil). This information will help investigators collect evidence and ensure it is properly preserved for testing and safely shipped to our laboratory. In addition, you can learn how to request photographic or video evidence for a criminal investigation or for court.

Click on the bullets below to find out more information about each topic:

How to collect and ship evidence to the laboratory
Learn the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions
Request photographic or video evidence for criminal or civil court cases
Learn more about the laboratory and its staff
How we help train the next generation of forensic analysts
How to contact us

Trace Evidence Has a Significant Impact

Following the procedures and recommendations on our site will help ensure the integrity of collected evidence and its “chain of custody.” When evidence is properly collected and shipped and contains all the pertinent information we require, it helps us to work faster and accurately. This means your results will be turned around in a shorter amount of time. In addition, learning more about the lab and its technologically advanced work may provide you with additional insights on how to collect better evidence in the future.