Bureau of Forensic Services

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.

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.

AN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR LABORATORY ACCREDITATION TESTING

Laboratory Certificate # 4202.01

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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.